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

Zoom Yoga Practice with Peers: Monday's at 7:30pM

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.

Boost Your Energy and Stamina with Qi Gond Practice: Monday's and Thursday's at 7 am

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.

Meeting ID: 909 317 635

Manage Stress and Anxiety 

Starling Minds Digital Mental Health Platform

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

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>

Doctors of BC 24/7 Help Line


Physician Health Program 24 Hour Helpline

Call 1 800-663-6729 to be immediately connected to a clinical counsellor. Visit>


Navigate Difficult Conversations with Patients and Families

VCH Support Line

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> 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 

Complete List of Break and Relax Rooms


Quick 3 Minute Resources

Watch: 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.

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

Where to Find More Info

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>