The last 18 months have been tough on the community. For so many people, it’s been a prolonged period of fear, anxiety, social isolation, uncertainty, and financial hardship. As mental health professionals, we’ve been working tirelessly to make sure that everyone has access to the help they need, when they need it. Early on, Wise Institute shifted its services online to ensure we met people where they were – at home. We’ve continued to provide support to our clients via telehealth sessions throughout rolling lockdowns ensuring help is never too far away. In a time when the community needs us more than ever, it’s vital that mental health professionals care for their own wellbeing too. At Wise Institute, we take extra steps to make sure our team’s wellbeing is a priority, so we can better assist the community with theirs.
Why workplace wellness matters
Since the start of the pandemic, several studies have explored the emotional toll of COVID-19 on healthcare workers. According to one study, many workers reported that the most important form of mental health support they received had come from their workplace and their colleagues. At Wise Institute, the mental health of our team is paramount. We always want our clinicians to feel supported, and for them to know that we are here to help them balance their wellbeing with that of their clients. When anyone joins our team, they will have immediate access to the Wise Wellbeing Program. This initiative is all about making sure we take the best possible care of our clinicians, our clients and everyone connected with our Wise community. Our program draws on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Health Workplace Framework (2010) and provide regular check in’s using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS). This is a standardised measure of wellbeing developed for organisations to support their team members to monitor and improve their general wellbeing.
Prioritising our team’s wellbeing
By using the WEMWBS measure in this program, our goal is to:
- Provide a process for everyone in our team to regularly reflect on their wellbeing
- Have a regular and easy way to keep connected within our team around our individual wellbeing
- Support a review of areas which affect workplace wellbeing as outlined in our wellbeing framework, including physical work environment, personal health resources and psychosocial work environment
- Where needed, facilitate adjustments to the way that our team are working to have greater personal and workplace wellbeing
- Assess and review the wellbeing of Wise in general, and any specific initiatives we undertake
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