Tips for the Defence team to avoid ‘burnout’: Getting help in difficult times

March 5, 2021 – Defence Stories


This month, join us for a virtual webinar on Mental Health at Work – Burnout.

We have always known that the ‘winter blues’ are the real deal, but as we approach the one-year mark of working during a pandemic, this winter has seemed especially challenging. Trying to juggle life’s multiple demands such as working from home, caring for children, and fighting ‘Zoom fatigue’, can result in exhaustion and feeling burnt out.

According to the World Health Organization (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website), burnout can be identified by “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy”. Despite our best efforts, we may continue to experience some emotional exhaustion and anxiety.

However, in that face of that pressure and worry, it is important to remember that help is available to all members of the Defence Team.

Canadian Forces Health Services has provided seven tips for Defence Team members to support your mental health to help you navigate through difficult times. If you are experiencing significant distress, you may need additional support from a mental health professional or other related services. Reaching can help empower you to better navigate life’s circumstances, and by prioritizing your mental health, you prioritize yourself so that you can be there for your family and your team at work.

Receiving support and accessing available resources are positive steps to getting through challenging times. Reach out to the Department of National Defence EAP Peer Advisors who can provide confidential support and provide resources to employees in need. Employees and managers can also call HR Connect at 1-833-747-6363 to connect with a readily available colleague within 24 hours. Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families may access the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) services to receive peer support, or the member and family assistance phone line for confidential counselling. Remember, you’re not alone, a whole range of resources are available to you.

We’re in this together!

This month, join us for a virtual webinar on Mental Health at Work – Burnout.
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