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
2 sessions available:
Turning Chaos into Growth: Creating an Anti-Fragile Organization- Wednesday April 8 at 10AM w/ Chip Huth
Chip Huth will discuss the importance of creating organizations that are able to grow through strain.
We are All Doctors: How Outward Mindset Creates Unity in Chaos- Thursday April 9 at 10AM w/ Dr. Laura Lambert
Q & A with Dr. Laura Lambert along with a discussion of the lessons she’s learned in dealing with high-stress situations and how to come together in a crisis.
**If you can’t attend live, register to receive a recording of the webinars after their broadcast.**
The BC Physician Health Program (PHP) is offering free drop-in Physician Peer Support Sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm PST via Zoom. Join other physicians, Psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Russel, and PHP’s Roxanne Joyce, to talk over challenges and issues you’re facing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Sessions are drop-in, no commitment necessary, focusing on peer support not psychiatric care.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org> for the link to join by phone or video.
Dr. Rahul Gupta is offering mindfulness Zoom Workshops every Tuesday and Friday, 7:00-7:15 AM and Wednesday, 5:30PM- 6:30PM. This is a great way to stay connected and support colleagues during this time of turmoil.
Or phone in:
+1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 181 053 554
Or phone in:
+1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 429 603 201
Wednesday sessions will consist of:
- Group Mindfulness Practice (15-25 minutes)
- Exploring various exercises to build psychological capital & inner resilience
- Opportunities for small group dialogue and reciprocal support
Meeting ID: 694 949 971 Password: 608854
Or phone in: +1 6475580588 Meeting ID: 694 949 971
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.
Take a Break in a Relax Room
Providence staff and medical staff can access a PHC Relax Room at The Burrard Hotel (1100 Burrard) located dirctly across from St. Paul’s Hospital. This provides a place for staff to shower before going home or rest during a long shift.
To access a Relax Room, please show your PHC staff ID to front desk staff at The Burrard Hotel and provide your name, department and role, and request a Relax Room. These are two (2) hour room bookings.