Essential services, including frontline workers, carry a high stress load, resulting in more prevalent mental health conditions and an increased risk of suicide.
So, how have our frontline workers been faring over a tumultuous few years – and what can we do to help?
Here to answer these questions are this week’s guest Dr Alex West, Senior Psychologist for Victoria Police, and clinical lead in Wellbeing Services. She has a background in clinical, forensic and organisational psychology, with her current role involving overseeing psychology and mental health within the organisation, as well as the provision of psychological services.
Alex was the internal lead of the Victoria Police Mental Health Review 2016, and the clinical lead on the implementation of its recommendations. She was also the primary author of the first Victoria Police Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Tune in this week as Alex joins me to reflect upon the events of 2020 and 2021, the impacts it has had on frontline workers' mental health, and what we can do to support the wellbeing of those who prioritise caring for the safety and wellbeing of others.