Mental Health Supports for Health Care Workers
With the launch of the new BEACON Digital Therapy Service provided by the Government of Ontario, HPCO will be suspending the Health Care Worker Support Line effective October 1st 2020. We are very grateful to the Clinicians that volunteered and staffed HPCO’s support line for frontline healthcare workers in Ontario. Callers greatly appreciated and benefitted from the psychosocial support provided to them to help manage stress and build resilience. We recommend anyone in need of support for stress and mental wellbeing contact BEACON
As part of its provincial support for COVID-19, the Government of Ontario is currently funding the standard BEACON service in full for residents of Ontario age 16 or older, making BEACON free of charge for stress and mental wellbeing concerns during COVID-19. The BEACON service includes customized support for frontline health workers. Ontario residents can click here to access BEACON.
If you are looking for other types of mental health support (i.e., not iCBT), click here ›
At the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we hosted a series of webinars for health care workers/health service providers where we discussed emotional, spiritual and compassionate care regarding COVID-19. Each session began with a 20 minute presentation covering a set of topics. Following the presentation, there was a discussion period which allowed participants to debrief and receive mutual support during this crisis. You can access the audio files for each of the sessions below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these sessions, please email email@example.com.
- Preparing Ourselves for the Marathon of a Pandemic
- Coping with The Fear of Infection
- The Overwhelming World Pandemic and How it Affects our Care
- Coping with Multiple and Complex Loss
- When Families Can Not Be Present at The Time of Death
- Dealing with Suffering and Spirituality
- Struggling with Meaning and Purpose During a Pandemic
- Reviewing and Reassessing Pre-Post Traumatic Stress
- Assessing and Coping with Exhaustion
- Next Steps
Staying Well Series
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) is proud to launch the new Stay Well Series to support health care providers, caregivers, individuals, and families who could benefit from daily reflections to help guide and comfort them during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Many individuals are suffering, and we hope these inspirational messages can help in some small way to lift our spirits in this very challenging time.
HPCO has connected with Eugene Dufour to inspire us each morning with a encouraging message in this Staying Well Series. Eugene is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario.
Eugene has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. He is also a regular workshop presenter at the annual HPCO Hospice Palliative Care conference each April.
In 2002, Eugene was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.
Eugene presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team. He lives in Bayfield, Ontario.
Eugene’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reflection 1: The S S – V V – P P Model for Working with Ongoing Trauma
- Reflection 2: Faith in Oneself & Forbidden Fear
- Reflection 3: The “Shake – Rattle and Roll Body Release Tool”
- Reflection 4: When the “Shake – Rattle and Roll” hits you!
- Reflection 5: Essential Workers and Health Care Workers – Dealing with the Fear of Infection
- Reflection 6: Bouncing from Your Knees Tool
- Reflection 7: 4×4 Breathing Technique
- Reflection 8: Coping with the Fear of COVID – 19 Infection: Part One
- Reflection 9: Curing and Healing – Never Underestimate The Power Of Your Presence
- Reflection 10: Focus on Your “Vital Breath”
- Reflection 11: The C.H.I.L.D. Model for Dealing with Fears, Grief and Trauma
- Reflection 12: Coping with the Fear of COVID-19 Infection: Part Two
- Reflection 13: Your Daily Check In
- Reflection 14: Virtual Goodbye
- Reflection 15: Holding Space
- Reflection 16: An Invitation to Look at Things Differently
- Reflection 17: How Do I Grieve in Isolation?
- Reflection 18: Healing Wounds
- Reflection 19: The Power of Your Personal Presence
- Reflection 20: Working with Emotional and Spiritual Pain – Moving from Helpless to Hopeful
- Reflection 21: Who you are and what you do, makes a difference during this COVID-19 pandemic
- Reflection 22: Do you need to eat, sleep, or talk?
- Reflection 23: Coping with the Fear of COVID-19 Infection: Part Three
- Reflection 24: “I HOPE FOR” End-of-Life Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool
- Reflection 25: Dealing with Loss and Crisis: Past – Present – Future
- Reflection 26: When Supporting Someone Who Is Suffering – Look For Themes
- Reflection 27: Look for The Flicker of Life
- Reflection 28: When Dealing with Pain – Become a Lake
- Reflection 29: Confronting Our Death Denying Culture
- Reflection 30: How to Get Un-Stuck
- Reflection 32: How Do I Grieve Without A Funeral?
- Reflection 33: Celebrating Nurses: Open Heart – Engaged Compassion – Soft Hands
- Reflection 34: Take A Risk and Talk to Someone That is Suffering from Emotional Fatigue
- Reflection 35: “Being” and “Longing” Two Important Aspects of Life
- Reflection 36: Searching for Meaning During this Pandemic
- Reflection 37: What Does Leaving a Legacy Mean?
- Reflection 38: The System Is Broken… But You Are Not Broken!
Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed by course facilitators and presenters are not that of HPCO’s or HPCO employees’.