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It is reasonable for workers to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means workers will have better capacity to fulfil their roles and the likelihood of harm to health is reduced. See ways you can manage the risks below.
Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs), managers and supervisors all have an important role to play in preventing and mitigating the impact of workplace psychosocial hazards and risk factors on workers mental health by:
As workers are looking for guidance on what to do, what to expect and how to act, calm and trustworthy leadership is important. You can visibly demonstrate this leadership style through:
Management and supervisor support is a well-established protective factor which mitigates the impact of psychosocial hazards on worker health. You can provide supportive management and supervisory practices by:
Beyond Blue - telephone support and NewAccess, a free online mental health support program.
Centre Care - telephone support.
Headspace- a guided-meditation app.
Lifeline - telephone support.
Mensline Australia - telephone support.
myCompass - a personalised self-help tool for your mental health.
Moodgym - interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practice skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Samaritans Crisis - telephone support.
Smiling Mind – free mindfulness and meditation app.
Workers who are required to spend time in quarantine or isolation at PCBU provided accommodation are at higher risk of adverse effects such as stress or anxiety. PCBUs must consider the psychological, social, physical and environmental factors associated with quarantine and isolation which increase the risk of harm to psychological health.
Research on the consequences of time spent alone in quarantine or isolation away from a person’s usual residence indicates that specific stressors can increase the risk of adverse psychosocial effects. These stressors include:
Information to mitigate these stressors for workers quarantining or isolating in PCBU-provided accommodation due to COVID-19 directions can be found in Mental health considerations for workers required to quarantine or isolate in PCBU-provided accommodation.