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

Forging Resilience in Chaos: Limited Webinar Series

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.**

Register for Either Webinar Here >
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-5PM: Drop-in Physician Peer Support Sessions

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> for the link to join by phone or video.

Mindfulness Workshop w/ Dr. Rahul Gupta: Tuesdays and Fridays- 7 - 7:15 AM, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30PM

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.

Participate in the Tuesday Sessions Here >

Or phone in:
+1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 181 053 554
Password: 707093

Participate in the Friday Sessions Here >

Or phone in:
+1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 429 603 201
Password: 876105

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
Participate in the Wednesday 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 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 

Relax Rooms at The Burrard

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.

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>