While all workers across Canada and around the world are being affected by COVID-19, health-care workers as a group are most heavily feeling its impact. This is because of their pivotal role in the treatment of people infected with the virus and their high COVID-19 exposure as part of their job. As such, maximizing efforts to enable the health-care workforce to remain free of COVID-19 infection, and stay in good physical and mental health, is essential to the response and management of COVID-19.
Including mental health in these efforts is important. Consider the situation of many health-care workers during the pandemic: their increased workload, the moral dilemmas they may face when providing patient care, their heightened personal exposure to COVID-19 infection, and their associated worries about infecting family and household members. It’s no surprise that previous studies have shown increases in mental health symptoms among health-care