Brokers invited to mental health check up

by Melanie Mingas26 Aug 2019

From remuneration to regulatory changes and everyday business pressures, brokers have had a tough ride in 2019 – and with the government now promising to fast track Commissioner Hayne’s recommendations, the year is far from over.

However, help is on hand once again this September as the industry bands together to mark R U OK? Day.

Two free-to-attend events will be held next month for anybody in the industry who wishes to give their mental health some TLC.

Taking place on 11 September at the Melbourne Marvel Stadium and 12 September at Sydney Waterview in Bicentennial park, both events will focus on raising awareness of mental health while providing support for those suffering. Delegates will be taught techniques for coping with stress and dysfunction and integrating healthy habits into daily life.

Confirmed to speak, are: FBAA managing director Peter White; keynote speaker, coach and workplace wellness advocate Sam Makhoul; and representatives from Beyond Blue, A Higher Branch, MSA and Suncorp.

“R U OK and A Higher Branch have come together to produce a first-of-its-kind event that empowers finance professionals to get mind fit and body fit,” said Makhoul.

“They will teach a proprietary framework to help people infuse rituals, habits and hacks into their daily life, including: how to improve diet, optimise sleep, improve relationships and ultimately their work performance. But what if people do get into a slump where they suffer stress? This is where the team at RU OK come in. They are the safety net for those of us who inevitably fall victim to the pressures of our modern hectic lifestyle and work pressures. This is an event not to be missed,” he continued.

R U OK? describes itself as a “suicide prevention charity that aims to start life-changing conversations”.

Founded by Gavin Larkin in 2009, today R U OK? is a national "conversation movement” that equips people with the skills and confidence to support those who are emotionally struggling in any aspect of their life.

To support the message, R U OK? Day is marked every September as a day of action.

At both the Melbourne and Sydney events, registration opens at 8.15am, with sessions starting at 9am. Delegates will receive five CPD points from both the FBAA and MFAA and a healthy morning tea, as well as lunch, will be provided.


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