R U OK? Day: Meet the Panellists

R U OK? Day is a chance to take a moment and check in with ourselves, our colleagues, and our family and friends. This year, we are hearing from a panel of experts on how to stay connected even though we may be physically apart. We know the current climate may impact our mental health and wellbeing, this is why having the conversation, now and in the future, is so important.

Join us at 2pm on Thursday 10 September to hear from Chief Executive Andrew Stripp, Chief Medical Officer Anjali Dhulia and our panel of experts about how to look after yourself and others in a time where you may feel heightened stress and anxiety.

Dr David Moseley, Clinical Psychologist and ELMHS Psychology Discipline Senior

You may recognise Dr David Moseley from past Employee Forums where he provided advice about mental health and wellbeing. Dr Moseley is a Clinical Psychologist and ELMHS Psychology Discipline Senior with experience in child and adolescent mental health. He has 20 years’ experience working collaboratively with young people and families to support their mental health and wellbeing. He is an experienced clinical educator and leader who values opportunities to support employees and develop services.

Dr Moseley will be talking about how to recognise signs of distress in children and young people during COVID-19:

“Connecting with young people around their interests can be a great way to get an insight into how they are travelling. Let them know you are available and have them in mind. Be ready to respond when they approach.”

Dr Sarah Barker, Senior Clinical Psychologist from the Black Dog Institute 

Dr Sarah Barker is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, Training Facilitator and Counselling Service Manager from the Black Dog Institute. She has over 15 years’ experience in public health, the NGO space and the private sector. Dr Barker will be talking about how to have conversations with others, be it family or friends, and how to make sure you are checking in with yourself as well.

Andrew Jones, Converge International

Andrew has spent over 20 years working to improve the self-awareness, performance and ongoing effectiveness of leaders, teams and organisations. Andrew spoke about the importance of trust when having the R U OK? conversation with your team members:

“In order for leaders to be able to have the R U OK? conversation they need to build trust. Trust implies relationship and genuine interest shown. Having established trust, leaders need to be able to understand emotions, empathise and link their people to support services.”

Do you have a question for our panellists? You can submit questions on Slido now using the event code #RUOK2020. Don’t forget to don some yellow on the day and enter our competition to win a wellbeing session for you and your team.

Approved by Karen Lowe, 7 September

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