We’re grateful for your hard work in these challenging times- we want you to know that you are not alone.
To alleviate some of the immense stress on staff and medical staff who are engaged in PHC’s COVID-19 response, here is a list of wellness supports to sustain us going forward.
Mindfulness Virtual Events
We’ve all heard of the amazing benefits of yoga, join us on Monday’s from 7:30-8:30PM. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, yoga with your colleagues is a great way to practice the postures, breathing exercises and meditation that makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit.
Zoom details are emailed to participants
Free for VPSA members.
Dr. Peter Hudoba is offering free Qi Gong practice to boost energy and stamina to medical staff at VGH. Dr. Hudoba offered this practice regularly at VGH during the first wave of COVID-19 to help colleagues better cope with excessive demands and stress and is very happy to help out again.
Sessions are 15 minutes, practice is simple to learn and results appear quickly.
Join on Zoom, Monday and Thursday at 7 am.
Manage Stress and Anxiety
Starling is offering a FREE digital mental health program to help manage your stress and anxiety during this extraordinary time. The program will help individuals to:
- Understand how uncertainty and disruption increases stress and anxiety
- Set boundaries around how to manage the stream of COVID-19
- Set healthy goals to keep their lives on track during this pandemic
- Learn strategies to manage COVID-19 anxiety and worrisome thoughts
- Connect with a supportive online community to share experiences and stay socially connected
This line is open to staff and volunteers to speak with a colleague who is trained to provide Psychological First Aid (this is not a crisis line).
Call 604.806.9925 or local 69925 – leave your name, number and a time to receive a call back from a Psychologist/Psychiatrist.
Conversations will remain confidential; the only information shared will be to OH&S if services are required beyond what is offered so they can ensure you have the appropriate and ongoing assistance you need.
Download the support line poster>
Call 1 800-663-6729 to be immediately connected to a clinical counsellor. Visit www.physicianhealth.com>
Navigate Difficult Conversations with Patients and Families
During these unprecedented and demanding times, physicians may need to impart difficult information to their patients and families. During this pandemic there is no road map and physicians and directors of care may be required to have difficult conversations they never expected:
- Triaging: When you’re deciding where a patient should go
- Admitting: When your patient needs to be in hospital or the ICU
- Deciding: When things aren’t going well, goals of care, code status
- Resourcing: When limitations force you to choose and even ration
This support line and dedicated email is for physicians or MRPsmost responsible physicians) in acute or community care. Available seven days a week, 8AM- 8PM. Trained psychologists are available to help navigate a challenging conversation, to problem solve realistic approaches and to offer support.
Support line number: 604-875-4987
Email MDMRPsupport@vch.ca> with any questions you may have.
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