As we reach the end of 2022, many of us will hope to find moments to rest and recharge for the new year ahead. But I know that the past year has been anything but relaxed at the pharmacy. Between the demand for vaccinations, management of medication and human resource shortages, and a healthcare system under tremendous strain, many of you may have experienced some of the most challenging times of your practice.
The 2022 Canadian Pharmacy Mental Health and Workforce Wellness Survey found that only 1 in 5 pharmacy professionals think that their mental health and well-being is good or very good, and that 92% of pharmacy professionals are at risk of suffering from burnout. At the College we understand that your personal efforts and sacrifice are not often recognized in the public discourse.
I know that you are dedicated professionals committed to serving your patients and community. But it can be hard to do that when you don’t have the support to take care of your own mental well-being. That’s why for many years the College has funded the Ontario Pharmacy Health Program (OPHP).
OPHP, which is administered by Lifemark Health, is a voluntary program available to all registrants of the College who are dealing with mental health concerns and/or substance use disorders. When you access the program directly, you can do so anonymously – the College won’t know that you reached out.
Through OPHP you can get referrals to resources focused on your needs, case management services and coordination of assessments and monitoring. The goal is to help you to manage your health so you can practice safely and be engaged in your home life, family, and community.
Please do not hesitate to contact the OPHP at 1-844-931-0007 if you are overwhelmed, struggling or just need support.
I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a safe, happy and healthy New Year.