Let’s face it, life can be overwhelming at times, especially when things don’t feel quite right at work.

Although you might feel like nothing can cheer you up, most of the time you will overcome these feelings of stress and anxiety.

But sometimes time passes and it feels like the fog might not lift, so how do you know if it is time to seek help?

“Take a minute to really think about how you have really been feeling – have you experienced changes in sleep, self-esteem, appetite, concentration or sex drive?,” says EML Mutual Benefits Partnership Manager Kirsty Smith.

Try a checklist such as this one by Beyond Blue to understand your current situation.

“If your employer has an Employee Assistance Program, give them a call and have a chat to one of their counsellors.  This service is confidential and can really help you to feel better.”

It’s also important to visit your GP - they can give you advice and if appropriate refer you on to psychiatric or psychological assistance.

If you’re feeling unsure, call Lifeline or the Beyond Blue support service.

“If you feel like you are in a personal crisis or are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and stress don’t hesitate to give one of these support lines a call and chat through your issues,” says Ms Smith.

“Seeking support can seem intimidating but early intervention is the best course of action when faced with overwhelming anxiety and stress.”

Further resources

Black Dog Institute

A not-for-profit which is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses, and the promotion of well-being.


A national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Beyond Blue

Information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.