Host: Mark Aitken | Guest: Sam Eddy | Duration: 47:27 | Published: 8 September 2020

Tags: Nurse health, Midwife health, Mental Health, Managing Stress, Anxiety, Wellbeing

Working as a nurse or a midwife does not 'bullet proof' you from human emotions and responses in times of crisis. At these times, you may put your mental and physical health and needs on the back burner, while you devote yourself to the job in hand. However, this is the exact time when you need to place a focus on your health, wellbeing and self-care.

In this podcast, Mark Aitken talks to Sam Eddy about stress and crisis, how you can understand your stress response and establish your wellbeing anchors to support your health. Sam provides information, resources and tips for how to look after yourself, take your stress temperature and check in with a friend, family member or colleague who needs support.

This podcast is a collaboration of like-minded organisations that acknowledge and recognise two very important days on 10th September; R U OK? Day and World Suicide Prevention Day. Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria, Nurse & Midwife Support, First State Super, Nurses & Midwives Health and Sam Eddy have worked together to provide you with practical tools and strategies to support nurses, midwives and all health workers, as well as your loved ones, during this challenging period we are all living and working through.

Kindness and our concern for YOU is at the heart of this podcast, as now more than ever is the time we need to be kind to ourselves while we support others. Look after yourself and each other and remember; it’s okay not to be okay. Support is only a phone call away.

If you don’t feel okay or you would like support, please call us on 9415 7551 from 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email: admin@nmhp.org.au

Podcast Series: Conversations that Connect Episode 2

About Our Guest: Sam Eddy

Sam Eddy is an experienced workplace trainer, coach and educator and has a Master of Science (Psychology) from the University of East London. He trained with No Panic (NHS funded UK not-for-profit) helping clients manage anxiety and related disorders, and is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

For 15 years, Sam worked as a senior marketing executive in banking and financial services in Australia and Europe, in both large institutions and start-up Fintech companies focusing on digital innovation, brand and thought leadership.



It’s okay not to be okay. If you would like support, consider calling and connecting with:

» A Message from Glenn Taylor

» A Message from Mark Aitken

» A Message from Sam Eddy

» Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria on (03) 9415 7551 or email: admin@nmhp.org.au

» Nurse & Midwife Support 24/7 national support service on 1800 667 877

» Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14

» Beyond Blue 24/7 on 1300 224 636

» Suicide Call Back Service 24/7 on 1300 659 467

» Kids Helpline 24/7 on 1800 55 1800

Links to Resources

» Sam Eddy

» Glide through tension meditation

» Take your stress temperature

» The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code: the Extraordinary Life of Dr Claire Weekes

» R U OK?Day is asking all Australians to learn what to say if someone in their life says they are not OK.

» World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

» First State Super

» Nurses & Midwives Health

Podcast Transcript



Episode 2

How to deal with stress during crisis and check that you and those around you are okay