We’ve all been living our lives differently most of this year, and it hasn’t always been easy. For National R U OK? Day, Universe delivered a special edition to staff about mental health and wellbeing.

National R U OK? Day is all about making the time to reach out to the people in your lives; family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, to ask whether they are OK.

You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say, you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help, including the resources on the COVID-19 response page.

R U OK? Day Virtual Morning Teas

Don’t forget to send screenshots of your team having their virtual morning tea. Submit these to Universe via universe@uow.edu.au so we can share how colleagues are supporting each other.

Staff resources

With the ongoing restrictions and changes to work and personal lives, many people are feeling fatigued. As a result, a new term, “pandemic fatigue” has been identified and written about.

Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, confused and drained are key symptoms of pandemic fatigue. Just thinking about all the things we need to do to keep ourselves and our families safe can be exhausting.

The following articles can assist in coping with pandemic fatigue. There is also a free, online suicide prevention training course available to help UOW staff to support team mates.

  1. 10 signs you have pandemic fatigue and how to cope
    Identify the signs and how to minimise its impact.
    Please click here to read the article.
  2. Taking care of yourself from head to toe during the pandemic
    Discover a range of tactics to care for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
    Please click here to read the article.
  3. 7 steps to reduce pandemic fatigue
    Learn to adopt strategies that will help you feel better, while staying safe.
    Please click here to read the article.
  4. Avoiding burnout
    Understand the benefits of building intentional recovery time into your schedule, enabling you to be more effective.
    Please click here to read the article.
  5. Suicide Prevention Training Course
    A free, online, self-paced suicide prevention course to help staff to support colleagues using the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) model. Takes about an hour to complete.
    Please click here to register.