Mind Over Matter: Addressing Worker Mental Health & Resilience through COVID-19
BC Care Providers Association and EngAge BC are pleased to feature our second panel session at our #BCCPA2021 virtual annual conference The Three Rs: Reflection, Resilience, and Reinvention. You can view the full agenda here.
Day Two will focus on Resilience where we will exhibit how providers operated and managed their care homes during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, particularly when COVID-19 spread rapidly through the seniors’ care and living sector. We will highlight some of the successes and best practices that came to light as providers and workers demonstrated considerable leadership and courage throughout.
With the COVID-19 pandemic extending into a “third wave,” the mental health of continuing care workers has been stretched to its breaking point.
Frontline workers have been coping with rising death rates, massive workloads, and limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE), all this while grappling with their personal stresses of contracting the virus or bringing it home to their family. Managers and leaders have also been stretched to the limit, juggling outbreak cases and deaths, managing the decrease of staff members, pulling through despite PPE shortages, and establishing protocols for visitors and social distancing restrictions.
The mental health impacts of these burdens have been excessive, this includes grief, anxiety, fear, depression, burnout, insomnia, stress and even post-traumatic stress disorder. However, despite these challenges, the heroic staff and members of continuing care are still striving to provide the best possible care and support to vulnerable seniors.
Join us for an in-depth examination of the mental health challenges healthcare workers faced during the coronavirus pandemic, along with their display of strength and resilience while tackling challenges that emerged due to the pandemic. Our panelists will discuss organization and system-level strategies that will mitigate this pending mental health crisis and also how we can continue to better support our workforce.
Moderator: Jennifer Lyle, CEO, SafeCare BC
Panel will include:
- Jonny Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
- Farinaz Havaei, Assistant Professor, UBC
- Karen Biggs, Chief Executive Officer, Menno Place
- Michelle Embury, Health Care Worker, Plan A
When: Tuesday June 1st, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Full Conference Rate: $350
Single Day Rate: $125