This week is Mental Health Week. Family physicians and other health professionals face unique challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or a loved one is struggling, contact the Physician Health Program 24-hour help line: 1-800-663-6729.
We have created a new collection of resiliency resources to support family physicians. While we know the advice provided in these documents may not be enough to overcome the significant stressors you, your loved ones and your patients are facing, they offer meaningful suggestions that can help you stay resilient.
These resources are designed to be viewed and shared online or printed off for your reference. We provide direct links to them here, as well as in the new Resiliency and Wellness Resources section of our website.
Please also refer to our pandemic-related resources webpage.
ABC123 Psychological First Aid Tool – This memory aid and tool provides techniques to reduce symptoms of acute anxiety and other emotional distress. Become familiar with using these techniques to help with your own stress as well as teach patients how and when to use the techniques appropriately. Thank you to Dr. Marcia Kostenuik, MD, CCFP for creating the original source material.
Staying Well While Working from Home – This infographic provides tips on how to set routines and boundaries that help you care for yourself and stay productive while you operate your practice from home.
Recognizing and Preventing Burnout During a Pandemic – Family physicians and other health professionals face unique challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This infographic helps you prevent, identify and treat feelings of burnout. The “treasure hunt” exercise helps you find joy in your everyday work.
We hope you will find these resources helpful. If you know of other resources that would be helpful to include on our website, please let us know.
Please do stay well and take care of yourself.