Mar 2020

COVID-19: Wellness Toolkit for Medical Staff


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


Drop-in COVID-19 Physician Peer Support Sessions via Zoom- Every and Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5PM

Starting Tuesday, April 7, the BC Physician Health Program (PHP) will be 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> for the link to join by phone or video.


Mindfulness Workshop via Zoom w/ Dr. Rahul Gupta- Every Wednesday, 5:30PM-6:30PM

Dr. Rahul Gupta is offering a mindfulness Zoom Workshop every Wednesday from 5:30PM- 6:30PM, starting Wednesday March 25. This is a great way to stay connected and support colleagues during this time of turmoil.

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

Participate in the Session Here

Meeting ID: 694 949 971

Password: 608854

Or phone in: +1 6475580588

Meeting ID: 694 949 971

Looking After your Mental Health and Wellbeing w/ Dr. Megan Rodway

Dr. Megan Rodway, a psychiatrist with almost 30 years of clinical practice, created a webinar session offering tools to calm your mind and body, and help you better manage anxiety and excessive worry in times of uncertainty.

Click below to watch the recorded session!

Watch the Recorded Session Here

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

More Info and Register Here

Access Professional Mental Health Supports

PHC Support Line

To support your mental health and wellness, a support line is now live for 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.

Your confidentiality is important and details of the conversation will not be shared; 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 here>

Doctors of BC 24/7 help line:



Navigate Difficult Conversations with Patients and Families

VCH Support Line

During these unprecedented and demanding times, and given the current uncertain and ever shifting climate, 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

In response, Vancouver Coastal Health is introducing a telephone support line and dedicated email for physicians or MRPs (most responsible physicians) in acute or community care. This service is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Thursday, March 26. 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 MD/>with any questions you may have.

VitalTalk Website

VitalTalk is a nonprofit social impact organization dedicated to making communication skills for serious illness part of every clinician’s toolbox.

COVID-19 Tips for what to say

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.

Only have 3 minutes? Check out these quick resources!

Watch to this virtual orchestra arrangement of “What the World Needs Now”

Watch Here

Ten Percent Happier – Website and App

Check out this FREE website and app that provides meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks to help healthcare workers build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.

Visit the Website Here

Motivational Blog

Dr. Drummond from the blog “The Happy MD”, has provided 2 quick self care tips to physicians- along with a thank you to all who are on the front lines of fighting COVID-19.

Watch the 3 min Video Here

More Information

For the latest information on well-being support for medical staff, check the daily medical staff bulletins sent to your email, our dedicated PHC Med Staff Facebook Group, or the Official PHC COVID-19 website.

Visit the Official PHC COVID-19 Website Here