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Would you react differently if someone said you were suffering from depression than if they said you were burning out?  When it comes to the mental health of those who work in healthcare, terms like burnout, well-being, and resilience are often the first that come to mind. Reports of mental illness and depression are harder to find. Suicide is even less common.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a proliferation of resources on workplace wellness and health worker well-being. Organizations have set up support lines, websites and are offering psychological services. We know that among healthcare workers, pandemics lead to considerable emotional distress and have a negative impact on mental health. However, the number of healthcare workers reaching out for help does not seem to be commensurate with expectations.
Pre-pandemic statistics in Canada suggest that a significant number of physicians experience burnout. However, despite 80 per cent of physicians being aware of physician health programs, only 15 per cent accessed help.
Stigma is a powerful force. As Michael Rose, a medical student, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine: “As someone who tries to be a voice for healthcare justice, and as someone who battles with mental illness, I should be a leader in fighting stigma. Yet I’ve remained shamefully silent. When classmates drop by my place, I sneak off to the bathroom to ensure that my pill bottle is well hidden.”
He is not alone.
Several studies have found that when the mental health of those who work in healthcare deteriorates, they are reluctant to access help because they are afraid of being judged negatively. For example, when offered time off, medical residents were frequently reluctant to accept, citing their concern about the impact of time off on peers and patients.
Medical students suffering from depression say their opinions would be less respected, their coping skills viewed as less adequate, that they would be viewed as less able to handle responsibilities by faculty members, and that telling a counselor about depression would be risky.
The culture of the healthcare workplace contributes to the problem. Workers and students are given consistent messages that the needs of others should come before their own. Even when the topic of well-being is raised, structural stigma remains. Despite recommendations from medical organizations, many regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Canada ask about mental health and accessing treatment when granting a professional license. A 2016 survey of female doctors found half would not seek treatment for mental illness because of their fear of regulatory authorities.
In our research, we have found that people suffering from mental illness and addictions are implicitly blamed and shamed for seeking help. Witnessing the way patients are treated for seeking psychological help, healthcare workers hide their own suffering deeper into the shadows. Over time, many absorb their own suffering and fall into cycles of self-blame, increasing the risk of suicide.
Addressing stigma requires awareness, training and structural change within organizations. For example, the Joint Commission in the U.S. “strongly encourages” organizations to not ask about a clinician’s mental health history or treatment. As a regulatory body, it highlights that any inquiries should be limited to conditions that currently impair job performance.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have lifted the veil on the psychological toll of working in healthcare. Time will tell if the pandemic will provide a meaningful opportunity to address stigma within our organizations. As many hospitals develop peer support programs and hotlines, we should be asking ourselves if our colleagues are comfortable asking us for help. And if we ask how they are doing, how will we react if they tell us an uncomfortable truth?
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COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Case of COVID-19

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As of today, May 12, Nova Scotia has 1,020 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One new case was identified Monday, May 11.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 427 Nova Scotia tests on May 11 and is operating 24-hours.

There are three licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with active cases of COVID-19. Northwood in Halifax currently has 157 residents and eight staff with active cases. One other facility has one staff member with an active case of COVID-19 and another facility has one resident with an active case.

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

— fever

— new or worsening cough

— sore throat 

— runny nose 

— headache 

To date, Nova Scotia has 34,204 negative test results, 1,020 positive COVID-19 test results and 48 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Nine individuals are currently in hospital, four of those in ICU. Eight-hundred and sixty-four individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available athttps://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data .

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives – practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets athttps://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to May 17

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

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As of today, April 30, Nova Scotia has 947 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twelve new cases were identified Wednesday, April 29.

“I want to thank all Nova Scotians for their patience and vigilance – we will get through this together,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I urge you all to keep practising good hygiene and maintaining social distance.”

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 901 Nova Scotia tests on April 29 and is operating 24-hours.

“Now is not the time to let our guard down,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “What we are doing is working to slow this virus’ spread and we need to stay the course. Please continue to follow public health orders and advice.”

As of April 29, there were 10 licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia with cases of COVID-19, involving 235 residents and 104 staff.

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, visit https://811.novascotia.ca to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

— fever

— new or worsening cough

— sore throat 

— runny nose 

— headache 

To date, Nova Scotia has 28,209 negative test results, 947 positive COVID-19 test results and 28 deaths. Confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. Ten individuals are currently in hospital, three of those in ICU. Five-hundred and forty-five individuals have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. A map and graphic presentation of the case data is available athttps://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/data.

Public health is working to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with the confirmed cases. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

Anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It is now more important than ever for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives – practise good hygiene, maintain a physical distance of two metres or six feet from others, limit essential gatherings to no more than five people and stay at home as much as possible.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to May 3

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS–One New Presumptive Case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

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As of today, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and ten presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 15.

One new case was identified Thursday, March 19. It is travel-related.

The cases are located across the province. The 15 individuals affected range in age from mid-20’s to mid-70’s.

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and are working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them. Those individuals are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. 

The province is testing daily, working with partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,546 negative test results, ten presumptive positive cases and five confirmed cases.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia. If you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/or new cough you should complete the online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Today’s update will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. onhttps://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast , @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels

Quick Facts:

— testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

— Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act gives the chief medical officer of health the authority to give advice to protect public health and decrease risk to public health presented by communicable diseases such as COVID-19

Additional Resources:

The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas:https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397 Nova Scotia Public Health offices: http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-offices

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Premier Stephen McNeil, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, and Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey provided an update earlier today, March 18. A recording of the news conference is available on the NS Gov Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov.  

Details of additional measures announced to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and increase capacity within the health system to respond are outlined below:

Effective immediately:

— doctors and pharmacists have new options for virtual care, using telephone and secure videoconferencing

— pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications and government will cover the assessment fee

— employers cannot require a doctor’s note if an employee must be off work

— College of Physicians and Surgeons waiving the fee for retired doctors to renew their licences so they can come back to work

— retired and other nurses are being brought into the system to assist with 811 staffing

— all service providers funded through the Department of Community Services’ Disability Support Program – including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities – will close to participants and the public

Effective midnight, Thursday, March 19:

— personal service and fitness establishments such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments and gyms must shut down

 

The full news release is available at:https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318004 and in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318005.

 

NSHA and IWK have further restricted visitors and instituted other measures like online mental health supports and more assessment centres. More information is available at the links below:

 

A number of new resources have been developed for businesses and individuals, including:

These materials are also available in French: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/fr/

As announced earlier today, Nova Scotia has 12 cases of COVID-19, including nine presumptive and three confirmed cases. The news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318001 and in French athttps://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318002.

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