PODCAST: COVID: How did (will) you cope?
Summary: 2020! So how did you cope? And, how will you? Learn personal coping mechanisms for the long haul and how you might better support your team.
Written by Darin Fox Released 09 Dec 2020

As 2020 comes to an end we ask “So, how did you cope?”. We talk to mental health specialists about their own personal stories, and the advice they give to people managers to help them cope over the long haul and how managers can support their teams.

In this episode, we ask our experts:

  • When the COVID crisis was at it’s worst here in Australia, how did it impact you?

  • How did you cope? How did you help the people around you?

  • What is the latest research relating the increase in mental health issues since COVID?

  • Are the coping mechanisms that people use to get through a crisis different from how people cope over sustained stress and uncertainty?

  • What are your top recommendations to people managers for coping mechanisms? For themselves and how to support their team?


  • “Control – the only person who takes it away from you is you.”

  • “You need self-care AND self-compassion.”

  • “Mental health is becoming the core of workforce strategy.”

  • “How do we make it OK to not be OK?”

  • “You are not a counsellor. You don’t have to fix them.”

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Show notes

What the hell do we do now? An enterprise guide to COVID-19 and beyond www.amazon.com.au

Mental health of people in Australia in the first month of COVID‐19 restrictions: a national survey. Medical Journal of Australia

Facts & figures about mental health. Black Dog Institute

The importance of exercise for mental health

Every cancer patient should be prescribed exercise medicine. Cancer Council

Exercise During and After Chemotherapy or Targeted Therapies. Breast Cancer.org

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Mark Butler, Mental health strategist

Kim Arbor,Organisational Psychologist, Mental Health Counsellor

Darin Fox, Chief Research Officer of HFL and Fastlead.

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