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Survey reveals nurses report worsening mental health due to COVID-19 pandemic
A recent Statistics Canada survey of 18,000 health-care workers across Canada reveals seven in 10 health care workers reported worsening mental health as a result of working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the health care workers surveyed, nurses in particular reported declining mental health, with 37% saying they have poor mental health, compared to 27% of physicians.
Nurses are working in extraordinary times and are being asked to do more than ever before. That’s why it is important to keep your own health and well-being a priority. We know this is easier said than done when working at a rapid pace. Remember, you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.
Reach out for support when you need it. The following resources offer mental health support:
- Mental Health Commission of Canada: Free online crisis training for essential workers during COVID-19
- Canadian Mental Health Association: Information, resources and tips for health care workers dealing with COVID-19
- Government of Ontario: Support for health care workers
- CAMH: Mental health and COVID-19 resources for health care workers
- Your employer’s Employee Assistance Program (if applicable).