Mental health and wellbeing
Employee Assistance Program
Whether directly affected or worrying about family and friends affected by the storms and floods, there is no predictability in reactions to emergency situations.
Each one of us experiences a differing response from anger to anxiety. Be aware that your feelings are a normal response to an abnormal situation, and there are options available to help.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to listen to you and provide confidential advice, support, and information. Your immediate family can also access support under the EAP.
Help for former Family and Community Services staff
Help for former Justice staff
If you see or become aware of any uncharacteristic behaviour or changes with your staff, see it as a prompt for offering further support, and possibly, additional professional help.
Remember – if you are unsure what to do, access Manager Assist through EAP to talk over concerns you may have about your staff.
It’s important to look after your mental health and remember to check in with your friends, family and colleagues.
Here are links to tools to help you watch for signs of stress and cope after a natural disaster.
- NSW Health mental health support
- Beyond Blue: Looking after yourself after a disaster
- Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
The department’s Employee Assistance Providers also have a range of useful factsheets on responding to the impacts of natural disasters and major weather events:
- Monitoring mental health and wellbeing for frontline and emergency workers PDF, 160.93 KB
- Preparing psychologically for extreme weather events PDF, 352.17 KB
- Recognising the effects of traumatic events PDF, 179.86 KB
- Support your employees after a natural disaster PDF, 168.54 KB
- Assisting people through grief PDF, 176.17 KB
- Coping with the trauma of floods PDF, 379.24 KB
- Critical event stress after a flood or natural disaster PDF, 428.48 KB
- Managing your finances when disaster strikes PDF, 300.73 KB
- Tips for supporting family, friends and colleagues PDF, 521.46 KB
- Helping employees who have been involved in a critical incident PDF, 541.02 KB
- Making use of your Best You program after a major event PDF, 624.74 KB
- Supporting children after a major event PDF, 611.76 KB
- Helping children cope with traumatic stress PDF, 586.9 KB
- Coping after a critical incident PDF, 642.78 KB
- Common reactions after a major event PDF, 552.13 KB