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2020 was a challenging year. It changed the way we live and work and we want to know how COVID-19 has affected mental health in NSW workplaces.

The challenges of COVID-19 have created pressures and stress many have never experienced before, or could be making it harder to manage existing mental health issues.

Physical distancing and restrictions on gatherings mean working from home has become usual for many people. This can make it harder for people to create meaningful connections at work.

Many people have also experienced financial stress through job losses or a reduction in available work. Some industries have been affected more than others.

We want your feedback to help us understand the issues workers are facing, how businesses have been affected, and how the NSW Government can help. What you tell us will help inform NSW Government policy making, including our Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy.

Tell us what you think

Join the conversation about mental health in NSW workplaces.

To have your say, complete as many of these activities as you’d like.

2020 was a challenging year. It changed the way we live and work and we want to know how COVID-19 has affected mental health in NSW workplaces.

The challenges of COVID-19 have created pressures and stress many have never experienced before, or could be making it harder to manage existing mental health issues.

Physical distancing and restrictions on gatherings mean working from home has become usual for many people. This can make it harder for people to create meaningful connections at work.

Many people have also experienced financial stress through job losses or a reduction in available work. Some industries have been affected more than others.

We want your feedback to help us understand the issues workers are facing, how businesses have been affected, and how the NSW Government can help. What you tell us will help inform NSW Government policy making, including our Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy.

Tell us what you think

Join the conversation about mental health in NSW workplaces.

To have your say, complete as many of these activities as you’d like.

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  • Zoe, 24

    by Bradley.M, about 2 years ago

    I lived through the bushfires earlier this year, so I feel like I have the tools to manage my mental health and get through this, too. Community connection is the main thing that got us through the bushfires and I think it applies now, too, even with physical distancing.

    I’ve found that gaming has helped me a lot – it’s soothing for my anxiety and mental health. That might seem strange, seeing as I’m playing games where I shoot zombies or get bandicoots to break boxes, but the distraction it provides is so helpful. I’m also playing a game right... Continue reading

  • Kody, 18

    by Bradley.M, about 2 years ago

    I own my own personal training business, but since the gym has shut down I’m out of regular work. At first, it was really stressful, but I’ve been more relaxed the past couple of days.

    I’ve put my clients onto a home-based program and I make sure I do the workouts, too. I think it’s so important to stay active, even going for a short walk or doing some stretching. It really helps you cope.

    There’s not much I can do to change the situation, but I can control my perspective and how I deal with it. I also make... Continue reading

  • Ethan, 22, QLD

    by Bradley.M, about 2 years ago

    When all of this was first going down, I honestly thought it was the end of the world. It was quite overwhelming. I went into survival mode – do I have food and shelter; is my family okay?

    It was interesting to see how quickly my mindset shifted. I work in hospitality, so my hours have been cut and heaps of my friends have lost their jobs. That’s had a big effect on me.

    I thought developing a new skill would be good for me, so I started playing basketball by myself. You can easily see when you’re improving, by... Continue reading