April 28, 2020
COVID-19 has brought rapid and significant changes to our daily lives. MATES in Mining & Energy recognises the potential impact this can have on the mental health and wellbeing of workers in the mining and energy industries. Maintaining our mental health and wellbeing is crucial during times of high stress and uncertainty. It is very important that we not only look after ourselves but that we also look out for others, including our colleagues. That’s what MATES is all about.
Now more than ever, we need to practice self-care. This means eating well and getting plenty of sleep. It means getting enough exercise because we know exercise helps to improve our mood. It is also important not to rely on alcohol or drugs to get you through or pass the time. Self-care also means reaching out for support when we need it.
Confide in someone
If you are feeling worried or concerned or just not yourself, it’s helpful to talk about how you’re feeling. If there is no one you feel you can talk to, then phone the MATES in Mining & Energy 24/7 Helpline on 1300 642 111 – we’re here to help you.
If you notice someone acting a little differently, they may be struggling and need some help. Reach out to them. If someone you know isn’t travelling well and you are not sure what to do, then phone the MATES in Mining & Energy 24/7 Helpline on 1300 642 111 – we’re here to help you help your Mates.
We are being asked to physically distance ourselves from others, so now more than ever we need to stay as connected as we can to family, loved ones and workmates via technology. It’s important to use the phone, text messages, email and video technology (e.g. Facetime, Skype or Zoom) to remain connected to your important social networks. Staying connected to your support network will help foster a sense of normality where you can share feelings and remain socially active. Some people will be more affected than others so make a point of keeping in touch with those you may be concerned about.
Developing New Routines
Many of our usual work, social and family routines have been impacted by the current situation. It’s important to develop new daily routines, to plan out our days to restore a sense of purpose and normality to our daily life.
Staying up to date with the situation is important, however, hearing about COVID-19 repeatedly can be upsetting. Regulate your access to information by taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media posts.
MATES in Mining & Energy provides suicide prevention through community development programs on sites, and by supporting workers in need through case management and a 24/7 Helpline on 1300 642 111.
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