AFTA urges agents to keep mental health in check

Mental Health Brain concept

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is urging agents to invest time in their own mental wellbeing.

“Now, more than ever before, we all need to make sure that we are coping,” Jayson Westbury, chief executive of AFTA, said.

“The feedback on our ‘Mental Health: Dealing with uncertainty and loss’ webinar reinforced what we know – we all are feeling the pressure of making sense of the current madness and working out what we need to do to keep moving forward.”

Registrations are still open for Thursday’s Mental Health webinar with psychologist Fairlie Morgan and CareerBuilders general manager Linny Hursthouse.

Hurthouse said: “When you understand the impact of uncertainty and loss on your mental health and your responses, when you’re aware of the warning signs and behavioural changes, you’re far better empowered to recognise the warning signs and take the necessary steps to map your way through it all.”

AFTA members can register for any of its upcoming webinars by clicking here.

For those in need of an immediate mental health attack plan, the industry body has also come up with four key points of advice:

  1. Focus on what you can control versus what you cannot.
  2. Use routine as an anchor.
  3. Proactive self-care.
  4. Seek support if required.

If you are seeking support during this tough time, Travel Weekly‘s new industry network is ready to welcome you with open arms. Click HERE to join the Travel Trade Life Raft.

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