- Clinician Collaborative for Mental Health Professionals
In contrast to previous outbreaks where mental health professionals were engaged in the post-incident or post-outbreak care and interventions, mental health providers have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic engaging with their existing clients, providing support for patients, families, and healthcare providers at COVID-19 centers, engaging with the emergency units, and various other professional functions. During this time, they have also been juggling increased work demands with their own responsibilities, losses, and challenges.
As an active member of the ‘Professional Support for Psychologists Subcommittee’ of APA’s Interdivisional COVID-19 Task Force, Ms. Tina Balachandran has been involved along with a group of mental health professionals from across the globe in hosting video conferencing support meetings for mental health clinicians to join and connect during the pandemic. These group meetings are not intended to provide psychological services, and thus not to treat any mental disorders, medical disease, or provide crisis intervention.
Some of the themes covered during these collaboratives include – coping with personal/professional isolation, managing work/life boundaries, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, maintaining therapeutic boundaries in the novel context of shared stressors/trauma with clients, intergenerational trauma, and zoom fatigue.
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- Pandemic Support: “Connect-Educate-Empower” Frontline Workers
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge globally. Supporting the mental health of physicians, nurses and care team members is a critical part of the public health response. Now more than ever, it’s important to create and ensure infrastructure and resources are available to support the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare staff and other frontline workers.
Based on evidence from previous outbreaks and practical strategies implemented by other healthcare systems, we suggest a framework that focuses on creating connections, providing resources, and supportive interventions to enhance and sustain current efforts to ensure healthcare staff (both clinical and non-clinical) feel supported, psychologically well and build resilience to help them flourish.
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- Lilnafs Widyan: building mental health awareness and outreach in Qatar (in concept and development)
Lilnafs Widyan (which means for the soul and valleys) is a community driven initiative that grew from the lived experience of community members. Facilitated by a group of volunteers in Qatar (both nationals and expatriates) with a shared vision, the group aims to raise awareness about mental health, improve help seeking and access to support, and normalize conversations about mental health and well-being in the Arab world. This is a non-judgmental safe space where everyone is accepted for who they are and receive unconditional support and access to resources that can empower and contribute towards their well-being journey. These group meetings are not intended to provide psychological services, and thus not to treat any mental disorders, medical disease, or provide crisis intervention.
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