Work and mental health in the time of COVID-19

No one is in this alone.

Woman working from home

The global COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the world into unprecedented uncertainty. This new reality has also exposed members of our Institute community to unexpected situations, such as working apart from teams, rapidly adopting new processes and technology, having to homeschool children, and feeling socially isolated, all while trying to manage uncertainty surrounding personal health, the health of loved ones and economic wellbeing.

These challenges can create severe stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. As such, the Institute will be hosting digital get-togethers where members, affiliates and organizational partners can find comfort, support and a sense of community.  These gatherings will provide a platform to discuss, in a non-structured and casual manner, the challenges everyone is facing – whether personal or professional, while also tapping into suggestions on how to deal with what has become the new normal. More details coming soon.

Questions, concerns, or requests – whether personal or professional – can be sent to iph@ucaglary.ca.

The Institute also encourages everyone to browse through the online resources below for ideas and suggestions on how to make the best of this situation.

The University of Calgary COVID-19 support page is located HERE. This page provides pointers, suggestions and ideas in the form of webinars, podcasts and feature stories.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada COVID-19 page is located HERE and contains tips, a help line, and resources for caregivers and for first responders, among a multitude of other resources.

The Alberta Health Services’ Help in Tough Times page – found HERE – is a rich collection of help lines and resources for people dealing with everything from grief and job loss, to needing social services or addiction assistance.

Access COVID-19 physician wellness resources HERE