As we all move through the first crisis-driven lockdown phase of COVID-19 and into the longer-term phase of living with the virus and managing its spread within our community and workplaces, the problems and challenges that the virus has brought to many of us will not just be going away.
The profession knows better than most the stresses that are being brought to bear on the community, workforces, and ourselves. Many of us have not only been dealing with COVID-19 at a personal level, but have also had significant professional responsibilities for the health and safety of others. Having just managed a crisis, there’s still a whole lot more to do, and much of it may be new and confronting. Personal issues and challenges may linger.
If you haven’t had the chance to debrief regularly and you are feeling the strain, it’s important to find a person or people you can do that with. This is potentially more important for health and safety people because your eye is usually on the health and safety of others. Don’t ignore your own health and wellbeing.
I’m pleased to advise members that if you’re struggling, you can access a free counselling session to get the ball rolling for you.
We have joined with Mary Mackenzie Counselling and Coaching to ensure that any member can access an initial general counselling consultation to debrief, identify the challenges you may be facing, and determine how you might begin to deal with those challenges in the weeks and months ahead.
Mary has a background in business development in the industrial market sectors and understands the WHS role and responsibilities. She is now working as a qualified counsellor and offers online zoom sessions during social distancing and beyond. She has a Bachelor of Counselling and Coaching and is a member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She offers a safe and confidential space to hear your concerns and to provide support and techniques to assist.
It’s important to note that:
Booking a complimentary 50 minute session is easy – just go to www.marymackenzie.com.au and click on the book now button. Please put AIHS in the comments section.
ABOUT THE 50 MINUTE INITIAL COUNSELLING SESSION
It is a requirement that practitioners obtain written confirmation from clients that they understand the confidentiality agreement and the obligations of the counsellor, this form must be signed before the session can proceed. This is sent to you when you book a session online.