Throughout the pandemic, many people may have felt a range of emotions – sadness, anxiety, confusion, fear or anger – all normal and common responses to unexpected or stressful situations.
As pharmacy professionals continue to provide critical services to Ontario’s patients during the pandemic, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, they may be experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety.
These feelings can be compounded by the emergence of new variants of concern, increased COVID-19 case counts heading into the holidays, and other seasonal pressures.
Pharmacy Connection is sharing three key resources pharmacy professionals can access to support their mental health in their professional and personal life.
Pharmacy professionals can take advantage of the free Ontario Pharmacy Health Program administered by Lifemark Health. Those who participate in the program will benefit from specialized assessment and treatment that addresses the unique needs of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Access a dedicated resource page for healthcare workers who have been impacted by COVID-19, as well as a self referral form for support. CAMH also runs virtual sessions, ECHO Coping with COVID, which are designed for healthcare providers and health professions students responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explore resources to support your mental health, including self-care strategies and workplace toolkits, and access links to other mental health services and supports.
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