More than likely you are familiar with the concept of R U OK day. Well, today is R U OK day but we think we need to do this a little differently this year.

Thing is, these are very unusual times. I have been having many conversations with members recently and there is a common thread across the discipline. Stress levels are high, we are seeing the distress in the community firsthand and though some of us are less affected there is still a level of latent anxiety in our clients and communities about possible infection from COVID-19. Most of our members when asked this question and prompted to give an honest answer (and we have asked a number of you already) would say things like; hey I’ve been better, I’m perpetually exhausted, life’s more stressful now than I like, my workload is overwhelming, some days I’m fine and some days I’m not so fine, my energy is low, I’m not sure how much longer I can keep this juggle going for….

So instead of asking you R U Ok today we will ask you what do you need? People are doing the best they can in very trying times, things are not easy for many and you might just need some extra support and that’s our mission here at the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc. We are a member led organisation and are here to support you first and foremost. So please reach out to us, let us know what you need. We don’t want to just hear from you today, we want to hear from you whenever you want our support or want to give us feedback.

We want our members to be engaged with us and we value you. If there is anything we can do to support you, we want to know about it, so please drop us a line either through our admin@aapi.org.au email, via our community forum or with a call to our member support phone number 0488770044. You can also reach me directly on amanda@aapi.org.au

We hope each of our members are blessed with some time and space for themselves today to recharge. You are providing a valuable service to the community. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Amanda Curran
Vice President, AAPi