Pyjama party wake-up call to fight stress

Cornerstone Youth Services chief executive Brian Wightman sits down and relaxes with staff Brad Hales, Hugh McKenzie, Alison Filgate, Issy Morse, Phoebe Hudson, Joe Freeman, Lynette Kerrigan, Lewis Perkins, Jo Cameron, Alison Roberts, Jen Lee and Kate Brennan. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Cornerstone Youth Services chief executive Brian Wightman sits down and relaxes with staff Brad Hales, Hugh McKenzie, Alison Filgate, Issy Morse, Phoebe Hudson, Joe Freeman, Lynette Kerrigan, Lewis Perkins, Jo Cameron, Alison Roberts, Jen Lee and Kate Brennan. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

YESTERDAY was about comfort with a cause for the team at Cornerstone Youth Services.

The staff donned pyjamas at work for Lifeline's Stress Down Day, a day aimed at raising awareness of stress in the workplace.

Cornerstone Youth Services chief executive Brian Wightman said staff also held a morning tea to raise funds for the crisis support service.

"It's a good bit of fun, using humour in the workplace to reduce stress in the workplace," a dressing gown- clad Mr Wightman said.

Mr Wightman suggested workplaces ensured that a level of camaraderie, open communication and trust was maintained among staff.

He reminded workers to try and "switch off" at home.

"To actually be able to switch off from social media is actually really important - to differentiate what needs to be done," he said.

Cornerstone Youth Services chairman Hugh McKenzie commended the organisation on its efforts.

"We must recognise as a community that there are a number of service providers working to support the increasingly complex needs of Northern Tasmanians, particularly young people," Mr McKenzie said.

"Cornerstone Youth Services stands ready to collaborate in order to reduce duplication through streamlining services."

To donate to Lifeline, call 131114 or visit lifeline.org.au

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