Care for the carers
Working in aged and disability care, or any caring role, can be challenging at the best of times. In 2020, care workers have faced extra pressures in their efforts to continue to provide quality care to their clients and residents.
Feeling under pressure is normal in the current situation. But these added pressures can lead to more serious anxiety, depression, and burnout.
If you or someone you know works in a caring role, there are things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Look after your health
Avoid using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. In the long term, these can worsen your mental and physical wellbeing.
Be kind to yourself, and take breaks during your shifts, even if it is just a few minutes to close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
Between shifts, get as much rest as you can, and take time for yourself to do things you enjoy.
Keep in regular contact with family and friends.
Talk about your shared experiences with your colleagues or manager — they are going through the same thing and can offer valuable support.
Share your feelings with your family, friends, and colleagues.
If you are feeling anxious or depressed for an extended period, see a health professional. Many offer appointments via face-to-face, video, or phone.
If you manage or supervise staff, and they tell you about the mental health issues they are experiencing, help them find support - Think Mental Health WA.
Thank you to all care workers for the wonderful job that you do in caring for our community’s most vulnerable members!
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