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 firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
Meeting ID: 694 949 971
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!
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
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/MRPsupport@vch.ca>with any questions you may have.
VitalTalk is a nonprofit social impact organization dedicated to making communication skills for serious illness part of every clinician’s toolbox.
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”
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.
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.
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.