Over the last six months, we’ve placed over 1500 people from our DES program in new roles. Almost 20 per cent are living with anxiety or depression.
It’s been tough looking for work since the COVID-19 pandemic started, but the market is beginning to improve. Job adverts are beginning to build again and in August SEEK was advertising at 71% of pre-COVID levels.
Nyssa DeWaard, our National Operations Manager for Employment Services, says, “We’re focusing on the opportunities that have come out of COVID-19 – business innovation, growth industries, flexible working and transferrable skills, to name but a few. The employment landscape is very different to how it was pre-COVID and it’s important we help those looking for work navigate the job market with confidence.”
When you combine the financial stress of the employment market with additional health concerns, physical isolation and restricted movement, it’s no surprise we’re seeing an increase in the number of people feeling scared, worried and overwhelmed. For people that were already living with an anxiety disorder or mental health condition, or looking for work, the pressure may feel even greater.
If you register with DES, we can help you look for work, develop new skills, craft the best possible resume, and get ready for that all-important interview. We’ll also connect you with employers, training opportunities and medical professionals. And, once you’ve found work, we’ll continue to support you for the first twelve months of your new role.
Mark, one of our DES participants from Yamba in New South Wales, shared this: “The whole team has been very supportive. My case manager takes time to listen to me and understands my mental health struggles.”
If you’d like one of our team to give you a call to talk through whether the DES program is right for you, register here.
If you haven’t been diagnosed as having a mental health condition, but are feeling more worried than usual, struggling to stay focused, or perhaps feeling hopeless at times, you might want to reach out for help. Here’s some of the support available for every Australian through health.gov.au:
Free 24/7 coronavirus mental wellbeing support service
Call 1800 512 348 or visit https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
Additional mental health services under Medicare
The Australian Government is providing 10 additional Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Australians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, valid until June 2022. Just talk to your GP.
If you or anyone you know is in distress you can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800). The Suicide Call Back Service is also available (1300 659 467).