with WPSS Social Worker Karina Maxwell
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event by either experiencing it or witnessing it.
Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
I found this informative video that was played on The Drum: 3 things I know about… This clip is an interview with male police officer Craig Semple who has witnessed trauma. He also discusses the things to look out for if suffering from PTSD.
Bullying in the workplace
The definition of bullying is a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes either physical or emotional harm. It can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. The Fair Work Commission has a great range of information about bullying on their website. https://www.fwc.gov.au/disputes-at-work/anti-bullying
Its important to note, that if you are unfairly dismissed from your work, you only have 21 days to apply for an unfair dismissal through the Fair Work Commission. Details can be found here: https://www.fwc.gov.au/termination-of-employment/unfair-dismissal
My name is Karina and I am a registered Social Worker for the Workers’ Psychological Support Service.
As a Queensland worker, if you feel you are experiencing any of the above or something else that is affecting your wellbeing, please call me. We can have a chat and work out together what kind of supports and services you might need. My service is confidential and independent. We can talk frankly without any fear of me breaking confidentiality with you unless I am worried that you will hurt yourself or others.
As a registered Social Worker, I am bound by the Australian Association of Social Workers’ (AASW) Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics includes the following responsibilities to clients:
- Priority of clients’ interest
- Client self-determination
- Informed consent
- Information privacy/confidentiality
For more information, please refer to the AASW Code of Ethics: https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/1201
Another useful link I found which focuses on better mental health in the workplace is Heads Up which has been developed by Beyond Blue. The website has a lot of useful information about healthy workplaces, your mental health, supporting others as well as a section on training and resources. Details can be found here: https://www.headsup.org.au/