Mental Health

Getting through this together. Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti. How to deal with High workloads and poor work life balance.

Looking after our mental health is essential to help us prepare for our day-to-day challenges.

Mental Health is about how we think, feel, and behave. Depression and Anxiety are the most common forms of mental health problems and can be a reaction to a difficult life event or work-related issue

High workloads, poor work/life balance and stressful work are the top three causes of poor mental health at work, according to an NZ Mental Health Foundation survey conducted in March 2018. 



What is stress?

Stress is defined as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’ - the body's response to physical, mental, or emotional pressure. 

Stress causes chemical changes in the body that can raise blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels. Stress may also lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety, anger, or depression.

Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether a student or employee can cope.



How to help?

Talking to someone is a good first step to tackle the problem.

Simple, practical conversations can help prevent stress. Our counselling service Vitae is available for confidential telephone conversations or in-person appointments, you can call Vitae directly at any time to make an appointment. Phone Vitae on 0508 664 981 or complete the online referral form or contact your Health and Safety Team

Mental Health Foundation Mauri Tu, Mauri ora may also help you to identify and manage causes of stress.



Signs of stress

What are the psychological and emotional signs of stress?

  • Depression or anxiety.
  • Anger, irritability, or restlessness.
  • Feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or unfocused.
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Racing thoughts or constant worry.
  • Problems with your memory or concentration.
  • Making bad decisions.

Stress is not an illness, but it can make you ill. Recognising the Signs of stress will help employers to take steps to stop, lower and manage stress in their workplace. 




Refuelling the tank – fuel in, fuel out (Individual)

Assess your levels of stress and understand when to take action.

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Workplace fuel consumption (Workplace)

Helps managers, team leaders and others look at how their workplace can energise and fuel, rather than drain, their people.

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Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā (Individual)

Identify different things you can do to nurture and keep yourself well.

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