It feels as if we've reached a point in the pandemic where no one bats an eyelid if attending a team meeting from the local park or if you’re sporting at least one piece of athleisure wear throughout the working day. That’s because – for many of us – our work and home lives are bleeding into each other and that has its pros and cons.

The last few months have had a significant impact on the way we work and many of us are still trying to adjust to that shift. In this month’s edition of You OK? Registered Occupational Therapist and Advocacy Manager at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Louise O’Leary, Coordinator of See Change, the National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership, Barbara Brennan and Post-Doctoral Researcher at Maynooth University Social Science Institute and Chartered Work & Organisational Psychologist, Dr. Nuala Whelan share their insights on how we can set boundaries around or work, improve the culture of our organisations to better support our mental health and what practices we need to prioritise generally to maintain good mental wellbeing.

People experiencing unemployment or job uncertainty are also facing specific challenges that are exacerbated by the pandemic. Dr. Nuala Whelan discusses the importance of maintaining hope and purposeful activities at this time, while Barbara Brennan of SeeChange has brilliant advice on how to support people in our community and social circle who are currently out of work.

The supports mentioned in the podcast include: