Supporting your staff after the same sex marriage result


What does the result of the Marriage Equality Postal Survey mean for you as a Mindful Employer?

At times of significant social change, people will experience a wide range of different emotions. There is elation for some, disappointment and frustration for others. The strength of these reactions will vary, but for some, the result will have triggered some very powerful emotions. Whatever the experience, as we now move into the Parliamentary process, the discussions and reverberations, will continue.

During this time, it is important that managers, people leaders and colleagues feel supported and equipped with information should a staff member need assistance.

If your Organisation has an Employee Assistance Program now would be a great time to remind your staff how to access the program, and of course, that your door is open for a chat too.

Additionally, it might be a good time to check that you have a list of relevant mental health support services handy, perhaps on the office intranet or even up on the lunch room noticeboard.

Remember, you don’t need to be a counsellor or mental health expert to provide support to your staff and each other. Your most powerful support tool is your willingness to listen, without judgment and without pressure to ‘fix’ anything.

Here are some other links and resources that might be helpful at this time:

  • The SANE Help Centre provides telephone and internet-based information, advice and support relating to mental health and illness. The Help Centre can be contacted on 1800 18 7263 from 10am to 10pm.
  • Qlife is a national counselling and referral service for people who identify as LGBTIQ. The service can be contacted on 1800 184 527 from 3pm through to midnight.
  • Mensline Australia is a telephone and online counseling service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service can be contacted on 1300 789 978, 24/7.
  • For younger employees or for parents concerned about their children, the Reach Out service provides support and information to young people relating to everything from sexuality to mental health and illness.
  • The Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 telephone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide. The service can be contacted on 1300 659 467
  • Lifeline

For self-care strategies, SANE Australia’s article ‘Self-care after hearing the same-sex marriage result’ is a great read.

Sarah Earnshaw