1 in 5 people will experience mental illness this year. Do you want to promote and protect mental health at your work place? We know how.

TVNZ Breakfast

Increasing sick leave

July 23rd, 2021

Your annual sick leave entitlements are due to increase from five days to ten. But with more people working from home will the increase make a difference? Clinical Psychologist Gaynor Parkin joined us to discuss the impact.

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TVNZ Breakfast

Burnout in our workplaces

July 21st, 2021

According to international research, it’s almost a certainty that you or someone close to you is suffering from chronic workplace stress…

So for how to combat this wide spread burnout in our offices… President of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Managment, Robyn Bennett, joined us along with clinical psychologist Dougal Sutherland.

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We need more psychologists or people will suffer

July 13th, 2021

Psychologists are struggling to cope with the number of people coming to them for help with their mental health.

Registered clinical psychologist and Umbrella founder Gaynor Parkin told Magic Talk’s Danny Watson & Leah Panapa it’s a scary situation to be unable to help people.

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Employers: How to mend productivity problems by strengthening employee wellbeing

July 2nd, 2021

OPINION: As a leader of people, how often do you tune out the media noise around mental health and employee wellbeing? You’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s too much to do, too much of the time, for too many people. After all, you’re trying to run a business, not some sort of employee wellbeing spa, aren’t you?

We all know that healthy employees with robust wellbeing are more likely to be engaged and productive. The flip side is also true – when people experience poor mental health and wellbeing, their engagement and productivity suffers, with a direct hit on the bottom line for business.

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Programme to bolster rural wellbeing

June 30th, 2021

A programme to support rural people respond positively to pressure, uncertainty and change launches next month.

Designed and delivered by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust (AWDT) and Umbrella Wellbeing, ‘Know Your Mindset. Grow Your Influence’ supports rural people – women and men – to engage with uncertainty with meaningful action that bolsters wellbeing.

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How to make sure that you spend each day the way you want to spend your life

May 19th, 2021

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.”

As we hear more about the prevalence of burnout at work, it can become difficult to reconcile the thought that work takes up so much of our lives even when we may prefer that it didn’t. Of great concern is that research finds grave health risks for those working long hours (more than 55 hours per week).

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We need to prioritise the psychological wellbeing of our leaders

April 23rd, 2021

Throughout the complexity and uncertainty of the Covid-19 world, the decision-makers in our workplaces have been placed under enormous stress to adapt quickly, support their people, and continue to meet stakeholder and business demands. Leaders have stepped up to meet these challenges but, for many, their own wellbeing has dropped way down the priority list.

Global pandemic or not, leaders regularly cite high work demands, pressure to perform, and a blurring of the line between work and non-work time. It’s clear our leaders need support at times–but what’s most likely to work?

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TVNZ Breakfast

Adaptability in the Workplace

Nov 26th, 2019

As technology redefines how we work, the skills we need to thrive in the workplace are changing too. Clinical Psychologist Gaynor Parkin explains why your ability to adapt is one of the most important skills to have.

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North & South Magazine

Working yourself sick? The danger of stress overload

September 23rd, 2019

Stress in the workplace is not only hobbling productivity, it’s seeping into our personal lives and making us sick. Donna Chisholm looks at the causes and hidden costs of chronic stress – and how to lighten the load.

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Engineering NZ

Stress Videos

Aug 19th, 2019

For engineers, stress is part of life and it can help us to perform at our best or meet a deadline. But too much stress impacts mental health, triggering or exacerbating the development of more serious mental health episodes or reducing our resilience levels.

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Stress busting: Occupational psychology, the job that thrives on workplace stress

Sept 18th, 2018

As workers face the anxieties of being replaced by robots and companies risk losing disillusioned, expensive talent, the one industry thriving on these fears is occupational psychology.

The industry studies people in the workplace and has roots in 20th century’s military strategy when leaders were being to lead armies and win wars.

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More workplaces promoting wellbeing for employees

September 5th, 2018

Even the Government is getting on board, with next year’s budget considering wellbeing when it comes to allocating money.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says looking at wellbeing is important to help deal with complex issues like inequality and climate change.
“We’re not going to be able to face up to those challenges if we’ve got a very narrow approach,” he says.

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New Zealand Listener

Are New Zealanders overworking?

May 30th, 2012

Information overload and increasing demands from employers mean many of us are struggling to cope with the relentless pressures of the job.

He has covered momentous political events and rarked up politicians on all sides of the House but one thing Duncan Garner hasn’t seen is his daughters, aged 9 and 11, play Saturday sport.

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Learn to stay calm and carry on

Nov 1st, 2010

A new strategy that helps workers manage stress and keep their health intact is taking New Zealand by storm.

Clinical psychologist Gaynor Parkin introduced the power of resilience training to the New Zealand public when she and Consumer NZ released the book I’ve had it up to here: From stress to strength two years ago.

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Radio NZ

Gaynor Parkin, on how to deal with stress

January 26th, 2008

Kim Hill interviews Gaynor Parkin about stress in our busy lives and different ways to approach both handling, and talking about stress, mental health and resilience.

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