Resources

 

Source

Link

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Mental Health Before a Surge (PDF)

Mental Health During a Surge (PDF)

Psychological First Aid Final (PDF)

Canadian Medical Association

Resources for You and Your family’s Well Being during a Pandemic

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders

Ensuring Our own Wellbeing as We Care for Others During the COVID-19 Crisis

Saskatchewan Health Authority

 Suggestions for parents on helping to cope with COVID-19

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

STFM wellness resources, including a STFM wellness course

USask Continuing Medical Education (CME)

CME has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.

We highly recommend you access these resources through CME

Resources from Dr. Amin Azzam

Many thanks to Dr. Amin Azzam who has produced the list of resources to support mental well-being during these challenging times. His list is available here [docs.google.com]. He has invited us to share the link with students, fellow health professional educators, deans, our loved ones and our global communities.  

You all know we are experiencing an unprecedented pandemic—at least during our lifetimes. As such, we must all take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved in health professional education. That includes students, faculty, staff, patients, standardized patient actors, and the general public. At the same time, we must work to prevent the spread of misinformation, panic, or paranoid fears. We’re confident that the leadership in each of your programs is striking the right balance for everyone’s safety and need to proceed within your local contexts. But since one of Osmosis’s core values is to “Have Each Other’s Backs,” below is a list of resources we recommend to maximize everyone’s psychological health during these distressing times.

Amin Azzam, MD, MA

Name

Source & Link

“Coping with Stress”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/copingwith-stresstips.html [cdc.gov]

“Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html [cdc.gov]

“Taking Care of your Emotional Health”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp [emergency.cdc.gov]

“Helping Children Cope with Emergencies”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html [cdc.gov]

RedBook Online COVID-19 Outbreak page

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

https://redbook.solutions.aap.org/ss/rbo_outbreaks_page_3.aspx [redbook.solutions.aap.org]

Q&A on coronaviruses

World Health Organization (WHO):

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses [who.int]

Coronavirus & Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

American Psychiatric Association (APA):

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2020/02/coronavirus-and-mental-health-taking-care-of-ourselves-during-infectious-disease-outbreaks [psychiatry.org]

Coronavirus & Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks Response

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS):

https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/coronavirus-and-emerging-infectious-disease-outbreaks-response [cstsonline.org]

Taking Care of your Family during Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS):

https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Corona_Taking_Care_of_Your_Family.pdf.pdf [cstsonline.org]

Research Information: Pandemics

American Psychological Association:

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics [apa.org]

Five ways to view coverage of the Coronavirus

American Psychological Association:

https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics [apa.org]

Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety

American Psychological Association:

https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/coronavirus-anxiety [apa.org]

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf [nctsn.org]

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

National Public Radio:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus [npr.org]

Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus

The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html [nytimes.com]

Messages

From Dr. Sandy Buchman and the CMA:

Taking care of yourself and each other 

In addition to the stress and uncertainty that all citizens face right now, physicians and health care teams are on the frontlines. We know from experience the toll our pandemic situation may take on you.

If you are feeling distressed or need personal assistance, please reach out to your provincial physician health program (PHP) ― our list, along with how to get in touch with them is here.

Keeping up with the constant flow of information can be overwhelming, especially with accelerated news delivered through social media. To limit the noise, we compiled a few sources of reliable and evidence-based information for providers and the public.

Our physician health and wellness lead, Dr. Caroline Gerin-Lajoie,  collaborated with UOttawa’s Emergency Medicine Department to develop a blog to help you manage stress and anxiety.

CMA Bulletin, March 17, 2020