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On R U OK?Day, we’re asking ‘Are You Okay?’ and how are you coping?
If you’re struggling, you are not alone.

43% of nurses and midwives reported through a survey sent to ANMF (Vic Branch) members that they didn’t seek help from NMHPV because ‘I feel I should be able to cope’ and 20% said ‘I'm embarrassed to ask for support’.
We want to remind nurses, midwives, graduates and personal care workers that you are working in a one-in-100 years pandemic in which you are not only dealing with the anxiety surrounding COVID-19 but also the challenges of restrictions faced by all Victorians.
No issue is too big or too small. We are staffed by nurses and midwives – we are free, independent and confidential - we are here to support you!  Please call us on 9415 7551 from Monday to Friday, between 8.30am - 5.00pm or email

Are YOU Okay?  Are You REALLY Okay?

Whether the answer is YES or NO, we have resources and links to help support you, a family member, friend or colleague.

It's R U OK?Day and by learning what to say next you can continue a conversation that could change a life. Please watch this short video and see why it's so important for us all to stay connected.
Today is R U OK?Day and this year's message is: 'There's more to say after R U OK?'  You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which could change their life.
Free GUIDE to what to say next...

Welcome to our podcast series, 'Conversations that Connect'.

We’re pleased to connect with you and share relevant and practical information to support your health and 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.

Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria, Nurse & Midwife Support, First State Super, and Nurses and Midwives Health have collaborated with Sam Eddy (Workplace Wellbeing Educator & Executive Coach) on this important topic of ‘taking your stress temperature’ as we recognise R U OK?Day and World Suicide Prevention Day.  We have worked together to provide you with important resources, tools and strategies to support nurses, midwives and all of our members, as well as your loved ones, to support you through this challenging period many are living and working through.

Mark Aitken and Sam Eddy talk 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.
Listen to Episode 2
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.
Our Host: Mark Aitken
Mark is Deputy Director of NMHPV and was part of the team who set up Nurse & Midwife Support. A proud registered nurse for over 30 years, he is passionate about ensuring nurses, midwives and students have support for any issue whenever they need it. 
LISTEN to Episode 2

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 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email: or visit

Podcast Episode 18: Discussing Suicide with Jon Tyler and Paul McNamara

Suicide and suicidality are difficult topics that touch the lives of most healthcare workers. In this podcast we discuss the issue of suicide among nurses and midwives with social worker Jon Tyler and Mental Health Nurse Paul McNamara, including contributing factors and what to do if you suspect a friend or colleague is at risk. 

Content warning: this podcast contains information regarding suicide which may be unsettling for some people. Please call Nurse & Midwife Support on 1800 667 877 if you would like to talk.

LISTEN to Podcast
Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide, so please take less than 2 minutes to watch this short film #StepCloser; raise awareness, increase knowledge, debunk myths and stigma, and reach out to someone who may be struggling. Because suicide is preventable.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Spread the message that we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. Be open to talking about suicide and mental health with others. We need to reduce the stigma about suicide to save lives.
7-11 September 2020
Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria's team of 11 women and men is walking, cycling and swimming to a total of 300 kms during Women's Health Week. All donations go to Jean Hailes; a not-for-profit organisation helping all women in Australia to be as healthy as they can be. 

“If a woman is in good health, her family, community and the society around her also benefit.” – Dr Jean Hailes.
Please DONATE and support us
Nurses and midwives are invited to take this survey regarding the psychological and social effects of COVID-19 on Australian frontline health care workers. The COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers Study wants to hear the experiences of both frontline health workers who HAVE and HAVE NOT worked directly with people with COVID-19. The study will examine factors that promote good mental health and wellbeing, as well as risk factors for poorer mental health.  
Take the SURVEY now
Nurse & Midwife Support is available 24/7 Australia wide on 1800 667 877 or visit  It's anonymous, confidential and free for nurses, midwives and students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or a midwife.
You can help us ensure Victoria's health services have healthy nurses and midwives. Thanks for your support.
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