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September 14, 2018 Business News No Comments Email Email

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) is proud to support R U OK? Day, the national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those who may be struggling.

CA ANZ President Jane Stanton, a sufferer of chronic depression and anxiety herself, acknowledges the vital role CA ANZ plays in supporting the wellbeing of members and encourages everyone to help break down the stigma by making meaningful connections.

“Chartered Accountants often have enormous pressures placed upon them, with stressful jobs and large workloads,” Ms Stanton said.

“There is still a large stigma associated with mental health, with our profession facing too many incidences of mental illness, both as practitioners and also in dealing with clients who may also be affected.

“CA ANZ has many resources available to members who may be facing a battle with mental health right now. Our Public Practice and Regional and Rural Advisory Committees continue to work with members who seek support and guidance both professionally and personally.

“As members of a profession we have made a commitment to serve our clients, colleagues and the community. Members support other members.

“A wonderful example of this is the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG) where senior members provide free, confidential guidance to help members facing challenging ethical situations at work or important career decisions.”

Resources for members are available at www.charteredaccountantsanz.com, including the Guide for Chartered Accountants: Engaging with People Experiencing Mental Health Problems and Financial Difficulties, which was published in conjunction with Mental Health First Aid.

“We are a profession but most importantly, we are a community. By making a connection, and starting a conversation about changes you may have noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up,” said Ms. Stanton.

The R U OK? website has developed four steps to give professionals the skills and confidence to navigate a conversation with someone you may be concerned about.

These are:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage Action
  4. Check In

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