Wellness during COVID-19

Support resources are available for both Fraser Health and non-Fraser-Health employees. 

Starling Minds is an online program that helps individuals improve mental fitness and well-being. The sessions are short, easy to follow and ready to be accessed when you are on the go, at work or at home.

For more information, visit the Starling Minds COVID-19 page https://info.starlingminds.com/covid19-free-mental-health

Fraser Health medical staff can register at: https://app.starlingminds.com/registration/FHA. Use access code: FHAWELLNESS.

In addition to supporting workers on the front lines of the overdose public health emergency, the MRT also supports the mental well-being and psychological safety of front-line health care workers, specifically home and long-term care workers, who are experiencing distress and mental health concerns in response to COVID-19. Available 24/7.

For more information, call 1 888 686-3022 or email MRT@phsa.ca

New online supports for front-line health care workers are available to help them cope with any psychological effects they may be experiencing. For more information, visit: https://www.psychologists.bc.ca/covid19-resources

Includes information to improve psychological and social supports and provide strategies to help front-line workers take care of their mental health and well-being. For more information, visit: www.cmha.bc.ca/covid-19

This phone and text-based peer support service, staffed by former long-term care and home support workers, provides confidential emotional support to current workers, and referrals to other services and supports. For more information, visit: www.cmha.bc.ca/covid-19

Care for Caregivers is a support site for people working in healthcare where they will find many supports. Important phone numbers can be found at: https://www.careforcaregivers.ca/important-phone-numbers/

Employers who have employee assistance program (EAP) provisions may have traumatic incident response as part of those contracts and could approach the provider to arrange for that service for their employees.

Employers may call WorkSafeBC to arrange traumatic incident response without cost (potentially without fast response or on-site presence). For more information, please see: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/claims/report-workplace-injury-illness/critical-incidentresponse  

Fraser Health Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is able to refer community professionals with expertise in CISM. Please contact Bruce Cairnie at bruce.cairnie@fraserhealth.ca or 236-332-1212. Several of them make themselves available on a same-day basis if time is essential. The costs of their service would be negotiated with them directly.

Starling minds mental fitness program

An online program that improves mental fitness and well-being. The concepts explored are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is a form of evidence-based treatment that supports people in understanding how their thoughts, behaviours, and physiology impact their mood. The sessions are short, easy to follow and ready to be accessed when you are on the go, at work or at home.

Fraser Health medical staff can register here.Use access code: FHAWELLNESS.

Helpful resources for you

Physician Resource Guide

Physician Health Program 
Funded by Doctors of BC, this program offers a free 24-hour confidential helpline and othr services for physicians.

CMA - Physician Health and Wellness
Access information, resources and stories about physician health and wellness.

CMPA - Physician Wellness
A resource to help physicians navigate the challenges of daily practice and medical-legal issues.

Guide to help protect physician offices from violence
Highlighting key topics, relevant services, and educational materials that will enable physicians to develop a plan for their community practice.

Mayo Clinic's Well-Being Index
A free online well-being assessment for medical professionals.

Mindfulness Training

Free for Fraser Health medical staff, this 30-day mindfulness challenge from MindWell-U is designed to help lower stress and increase resilience. 

Go to Mindfulness training

Facility Engagement in Fraser Health

Eleven hospitals in Fraser Health are involved in BC’s Facility Engagement Initiative (FEI). Established through the 2014 Physician Master Agreement, FEI aims to strengthen communication and collaboration between our health authority and the medical staff working in our hospitals, ultimately to benefit patient care.

Through a formal physician society structure and funding, medical staff members have tools and funding from the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) to work together with each other, administrators and health authority leadership to strengthen relationships and increase meaningful physician involvement in decision-making. Physicians can also identify priorities in their work environment and patient care, and lead local activities tailored to their hospital.

Regional information contact: Jag.Sandhu@fraserhealth.ca 
Leader, Specialist Services Committee Initiatives, Physician Partnerships & Performance, Office of the Vice President Medicine

Provincial website: www.facilityengagement.ca/