DM Roads knows the importance of safety at work, whether that be in the office, depot or from home.

This year we are showing our commitment to National Safe Work month by sharing how our employees are staying safe and healthy during this period

Kicking off our series is Madison Wright.

Madison is our Asset Analyst for the North Eastern Maintenance Alliance (NEMA) in Victoria. She’s also a mother of two young children and a full-time student with Deakin.

With so much on her plate, Madison recognises the importance of mental health and keeping a safe working from home environment. She recently completed the Mental Health First Aid course with Natasha Palethorpe and Donna Viner from Downer’s Group Health Team.

The Group Health team deliver accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to teams around the country with participants regularly commenting on how incredibly helpful and fantastic the program is. MHFA training improves knowledge of mental illnesses, treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and provides confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness.

“I saw an opportunity to re-evaluate where I am right now amongst the chaos of COVID-19, working from home with one or both kids depending on who was attending day-care, and managing a full-time study load," says Madison.

To separate herself from the stressors of her daily schedule, Madison created a special self-care space where she could just sit in the sunshine and enjoy her surroundings.

“If I was feeling stressed, I re-evaluated what I was doing. I submitted some extension requests for assignments to allow me some breathing space.”

“I made time to reconnect with friends who we have been separated from due to COVID restrictions, do fun things with my kids, like baking cupcakes, blowing bubbles for them to chase around, drawing on our driveway with chalk, and just spending some time in the sunshine - going for a walk, eating lunch, or just listening to book."

Completing MHFA training not only gave Madison the tools to help others but also to recognise and implement coping strategies in her own life when needed.
Stay tuned to the coming weeks to see some of the ways our employees have managed their work health and safety.