Speaking of anxiety, with Sabine McKenzie and Hayley Weel

Everyone experiences anxiety at some time. When people talk about their anxiety they might use words like stress, nervous, uptight, wound up and things like that. Anxiety can change in its severity from mild uneasiness through to terrifying panic.

So if everyone experiences anxiety, how do we know if we’re experiencing normal anxiety or an anxiety disorder?

In this video, our social worker Hayley Weel sits down with our Community Engagement Officer Sabine McKenzie who bravely talks about her own experience with anxiety.

As we journey through difficult times, we can find meaning in caring for, and offering hope to, each other, our families and communities. It is a reminder of what we do have, it reconnects us to one another and reminds us that we are all in this together. There is a newfound appreciation for living in a small community where there is overwhelming compassion and support for one another.

We often know people in the community well enough to recognise they are struggling, but there are not always tell-tale signs.

Everyone deals with challenging times differently and we can reach out to each other and ask “R U OK?.” That simple question and a conversation has the power to change someone’s life for the better. We can be a listening ear and a (virtual) shoulder to lean on.

Please continue to be mindful of yourself and others, mentally and physically. Let’s make time to look out for one another, be kind and stay connected.

Support is available. Appointments can be made with our Social Worker Hayley Weel by calling reception on 5558 6000.

Other support services include;

Lifeline Tel: 131 114
Beyondblue Tel: 1300 224 636
Suicide call back service Tel: 1300 659 467
1800RESPECT Tel: 1800 737 732
If someone’s life is in danger, call Triple Zero (000)



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