Vol 14 Edition 1

Survival tips for NSP workers

Picture: Shannon Morris


  • Regular debriefing with colleagues can give you a fresh perspective on troubling questions before they spiral out of control.
  • Upskill in effective communication techniques, conflict resolution, de-escalation and negotiation to deal with difficult situations.
  • Get educated on occupational health and safety. This may mean regular debriefing and supervision.
  • Employee Assistance Programs can be accessed by asking a supervisor for help. The EAP will usually offer four or five sessions.
  • Your GP can refer you to a psychologist and prepare a mental health plan. Medicare rebates of varying amounts apply for different sorts of counselling. One-on-one sessions with a psychologist are subject to a $150 rebate.
  • Get supervision to help you develop your skills and learn how to cope.
  • Take your scheduled breaks. Working through may make you look conscientious, but at what emotional cost to yourself?
  • Try to exercise regularly. It’s good for your mind and body.
  • Learn to manage negative thoughts.
  • Set boundaries between your work and personal time to improve work/life balance.
  • Stay connected with friends and family out of work hours. Isolation is very bad for mental health.

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