Wellness Resources for Faculty

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Supporting wellness — emotional and physical — is an essential element in fostering the high performing, respectful and sustainable community we seek in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Some of us are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Some are in the background, trying to keep our health system operating at peak efficiency. Others struggle with feeling sidelined, doing their part by remaining home to reduce community spread, yet wanting to find other ways to help. Wherever we find ourselves, we are united by a desire to respond to the pandemic. But for all of us that desire is accompanied by stresses and strains. These are unique to each person and each situation, but they are real and we can’t simply push our way through them or pretend they don’t exist. 

Below is a variety of resources to help manage our wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Initiatives
Resource Support LIne  Wellness @ the Faculty

Individual Support 
Emotional Support / Therapists  |  Distress Support  |  Domestic Violence  |  Self Check-ins / Evaluations

Group Supports
Physicians  |  Faculty & Students  |  Medical Students 

Instrumental / Logistical
COVID-19 Vaccine access  |  COVID-19 Testing  |  Childcare and Supporting Children  |  Ergonomics  |  Groceries  |  Options for Quarantine Housing 

Educational Resources / Articles 
ECHO Ontario  |  Managing Anxiety  |  Decreasing Social Isolation  |  Leadership  |  Physical & Mental Health for Health Care Workers  |  General

 

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Initiatives

 

Give Us A Call

This is a difficult time for us all. Your job, your home, your family responsibilities and your usual wellness routines are all disrupted as a result of COVID 19. Support and resources exist and are being revised and created regularly as the pandemic progresses. 

The Faculty Resource Navigation line
facultynavigator@utoronto.ca

From who to call if you need groceries or pet care, to resources for emotional support, our goal is to help you find the support that you require at this time.  If we don't have the answer to your question we will do the research for you and get back to you, so that you can focus on your other responsibilities.

Requests are confidential. This service is available to all faculty members at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Terms and conditions.

 

Wellness @ the Faculty

Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA)

https://md.utoronto.ca/OHPSA

To book your appointment or for any inquiries, please contact ohpsa.reception@utoronto.ca

Postgraduate Wellness

For the health and safety of everyone involved, our office is working remotely; however, we are still available to support you via phone or secure video appointments. 

https://pg.postmd.utoronto.ca/current-trainees/while-youre-training/access-wellness-resources/

(416) 946-3074
pgwellness@utoronto.ca

Graduate Student Counsellor

To schedule your first appointment with a counsellor, please contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) and ask to book a time with a GLSE (i.e. Temerty Faculty of Medicine) counsellor. 

https://glse.utoronto.ca/student-health-and-wellness

 

 

Individual Support

For those seeking support, the links below provide a variety of options including online resources as well as connections to professionals offering therapy and other wellness advice.
 

Emotional Support/Therapists

ACCESS CAMH

Available to all healthcare providers, ACCESS CAMH is a self-referral form, connecting users with CAMH services, supports, and also assist them in navigating what supports they need.

http://www.camh.ca/covid19gethelp

Canadian Medical Association Wellness Support line

The Wellness Support Line is intended to provide access to free, confidential (not anonymous) short-term, solution-focused support through a clinically appropriate model of care that aligns services according to user needs.

The service is available to practicing and retired physicians, medical students, resident doctors, fellows and family members of physicians or medical learners (i. e. the spouse, domestic or common-law partner (including same-sex couples), child, stepchild or adopted child of an eligible physician or medical learner, provided such child is under the age of 25 and either lives with the eligible physician/medical learner or attends school full time while living away from the physician/medical learner).

The Wellness Support Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to eligible users.

https://www.cma.ca/supportline/ontario

In Ontario, call 1-800-851-6606 (access is through the OMA Physician Health Program main number. Select option 3 for the Wellness Support Line)

Mind Beacon

Free on-line mental health evaluation, support and CBT to Ontarians.

Special section for Front line health care workers.

https://info.mindbeacon.com/btn542?utm_campaign=Ontario&utm_source=go

Help for Emergency and Intensive Care Staff

Clinical staff working in intensive care and emergency room settings throughout the TAHSN hospitals can contact Dr. Jon Hunter (jon.hunter@sinaihealth.ca), a staff psychiatrist at Sinai Health System. He or his delegate will do a short phone triage and then direct users to care, ranging from 1:1 contact with a psychiatrist to wellness options.

Dr. Jon Hunter
Staff Psychiatrist, Sinai Health System

jon.hunter@sinaihealth.ca 

OMA Physician Health Program 

The Ontario Medical Association’s Physician Health Program supports the wellbeing of all Ontario medical students, residents and practicing physicians and their families. PHP provides confidential support whenever personal or family stress, mental health or substance use concerns arise.

PHP@oma.org

PHP toll-free confidential line at 1-800-851-6606

www.oma.php.org

Monday to Friday, 8:45am – 5:00pm

Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network

Free mental health services for Ontario COVID-19 healthcare providers.

https://covid19therapists.com

Psychology works for COVID-19

We, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), are pleased to facilitate a referral program to support the front line health care workers of the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, we endeavour to connect front line health care workers with psychologists who are available to assist on a pro-bono basis via tele-psychology. 

https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/psychservices/#Ontario

Pandemic Acceptance & Commitment to Empowerment Response Intervention for Healthcare Providers (PACER-HCP)

Health Care Providers (HCPs) and hospital staff can participate in the PACER-HCP - a targeted online training to enhance resilience, and develop Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Group Empowerment Psychoeducation skills. You will also have the opportunity to facilitate future groups!

PACER-HCP Recruitment Flyer
 

 

Distress Support

Canadian Medical Association Wellness Support line

https://www.cma.ca/supportline/ontario
In Ontario, call 1-800-851-6606 (access is through the OMA Physician Health Program main number. Select option 3 for the Wellness Support Line)

Toronto Distress Centres

24-hour confidential emotional support and crisis intervention, available 7 days a week to individuals at risk

416-408-4357 or 416-408-HELP, or text 45645

PARO Helpline (for residents and clinical fellows)

Their toll-free number is accessible anywhere in Ontario, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In order to provide this service, PARO has partnered with Distress Centres of Toronto.

1-866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362)

Gerstein Crisis Centre

GCC is offering a free, 8-week online support group for front line workers on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm from April 1 to May 20, 2020.

http://gersteincentre.org/stay-connected/  or call 416-929-5200

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for young people in English and French. 

1-800-668-6868

Toronto Seniors Helpline

Toronto Seniors Helpline is staffed by trained professionals, providing crisis counselling and supportive counselling as well as triaging crisis calls to the Crisis Outreach Service for Seniors (COSS) team for in-person visits.

416-217-2077

 

Domestic Violence

If yourself or a child are in immediate danger, please call 911

As noted by the support organization, Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN), "many of the measures necessary to responding to COVID-19 – isolation; closures of daycares and schools; the potential impact on employment and income; and general uncertainty, stress and disruption – are likely to exacerbate the known risk factors for domestic violence."

Confidential, 24/7 assistance is available in the GTA through the Assaulted Women’s Helpline.

Assaulted Women’s Helpline:

  • GTA: 416-863-0511
  • GTA TTY: 416-364-8762
  • TOLL-FREE: 1-866-863-0511
  • TOLL-FREE TTY: 1-8666-863-7868
  • #SAFE (#7233) on your Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus Mobile
  • http://www.awhl.org
Luke's Place is a unique support and resource centre for women and children who have left, or who are about to leave, an abusive relationship. It provides tool kits regarding safety planning, preparing to leave and what to expect from the Family Court system.

https://lukesplace.ca/

Call 905.728.0978 or
1.866.516.3116

 

Self check-ins/evaluations

Self-Navigate CAMH

An inventory of support programs for health care workers, designed for users to self-navigate.

http://www.camh.ca/covid19HCW

 

Group Supports

 

Physicians

On-Line Interpersonal and Balint Groups for Physicians

Times of crisis, such as the Covid-19 Pandemic put pressure on one’s self-esteem and relationships, but they are also an opportunity to change behaviors and address underlying conflicts. These three groups provide a supportive space for MDs seeking strategies to be more resilient and antifragile, to reduce burnout and better manage difficult work and personal relationships.

The sessions are led by Dr. Khorasani on Zoom HIPAA (private and secure) platform.

Dr. Khorasani is a Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst and Group therapist on faculty at University of Toronto. He is a past president of Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association and has over 25 years of clinical, supervision and teaching experience.

Dr Khorasani is available to assess interested MDs for all groups at all times.

For more information and registration please email kasra.khorasani@utoronto.ca

Group times:

Mondays 3:15-5:00 pm
Tuesdays 4:15-6:00 pm
Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 pm

September 2021 and at every 20 weeks afterwards for:
Wednesday Interpersonal Psychotherapy Group

 

 

Faculty Members & Students

COVID-19 Women Physician Emotional Wellbeing

Facebook group. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/235295047624227/

Pause 4 Providers 

30 Minute Mindfulness Sessions for Healthcare Providers 
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30pm.

https://www.pause4providers.com 

 

Medical Students

Peer-to-Peer Discussion Forum

The MD Program, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has created a Discussion Forum for UofT MD students to obtain support around stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This online peer-to-peer discussion forum is a space where you can receive support, encouragement, and share your experiences with managing your stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Contact the Office of Health Professional Student Affairs for details on how to access this group.

https://md.utoronto.ca/OHPSA

Wellness Ambassadors

The SHINE team has student Wellness Ambassadors who provide resource support to medical students.

Students can access this link http://uoftshine.weebly.com/wellness-ambassadors.html

 

Instrumental/Logistical

 

COVID-19 Vaccine access

Access to a vaccine is in accordance to the provincial plan, and we encourage you to consult your local Public Health Unit for up to date information:

Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario

Toronto: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/

Peel: https://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/book-appointment/

Yorkhttps://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/covid19vaccinationclinics/

Halton: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics

 

COVID-19 Testing

Information on how to get tested for COVID-19 in Toronto

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-what-you-should-do/covid-19-have-symptoms-or-been-exposed/covid-19-assessment-centres/ 

 

Child Care and Supporting Children

The Summerhill Club

The Summerhill Club Inc. is a babysitting agency based out of Toronto with the mission of connecting families to trustworthy, engaged, and highly experienced babysitters any time they need child care. Email or call the agency for more information. They offer occasional and regular coverage. For University of Toronto faculty members, you can identify your U of T affiliation to receive a discounted rate.

https://www.thesummerhillclub.com/

Silk Childcare Inc.

Owned by a local MD mother, Silk Childcare pairs families with experienced childcare workers to take care of children and/or oversee virtual learning. Childcare workers are paired with one family only. Small learning pods of multiple families considered. Consult the website for more information and contact details.

https://silkchildcare.wixsite.com/silk/

Helpful guide on completely free virtual summer camps.                             

https://summercamphub.com/free-online-summer-camps

Care.com

A matching service for people looking for childcare, pet care, and senior care. Providers can create profiles and families search profiles to identify potential providers.

https://www.care.com/en-ca/

Rent-a-counsellor

Trained camp counsellors (with no camps to work at) providing fun physically distanced summer camp activities in your back yard or drive way.

http://www.rentacounsellor.com/

Camp Kinda

A free, virtual day camp experience with camps geared to grades K-8. Campers receive a daily email with 3-4 hours of videos, virtual tours, reading, crafts and movement options. Themes include "Historys Mysterys" and "Making Movies". Runs from June 1st until the end of August 2020.

https://campkinda.org/

Dancepl3y

Week long half day dance or sport programming for up to 6 kids in your back yard. COVID precautions in place. Contact northyork@dancepl3y.com for details.

http://www.dancepl3y.com/

Helping Children Cope with Stress During the 2019-nCoV Outbreak

Created by the WHO

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf

Coronavirus – How to Talk to Your Child

A guide to talking about the pandemic to your children from the KidsHealth website.

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) -COVID-19 Resources

https://cmho.org/covid19/

 

Ergonomics

Ergonomics for Home Offices

Tune into a new podcast called, “We’ve gOT Your Back: The Ergo Minute” hosted by Julia Giancola and Madison Lazarou. These Occupational Therapy students bring you advice from U of T experts on how to apply ergonomic strategies in your home office, so that you can work more comfortably, productively and reduce the risk of stress and injury on your body. 

https://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/news-events/weve-got-your-back-the-ergo-minute-podcast/

 

Groceries

A list of companies in the greater Toronto area that offer food delivery and other resources

https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/Food_Resource_List.pdf

 

Options for Quarantine Housing

Voluntary Self Isolation Centres

Many municipalities run programs to support those who have to isolate because of COVID and/or to support essential workers. Check your municipality or with the Medical Affairs Dept of your hospital. Generally you will need to call the municipality COVID-19 Hotline and complete an eligibility assessment. At that time you the booking is completed and other information will be given to you.

Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-what-you-should-do/covid-19-have-symptoms-or-been-exposed/covid-19-what-to-do-if-you-have-covid-19/?accordion=toronto-voluntary-isolation-centre  

https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/946d-Torontos-Voluntary-Isolation-Centre-NOV-Banner-English.pdf

Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600 to complete an eligibility assessment.

Peel
https://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/self-isolation/

Selection of hotels offering quarantine spaces

Cambridge Suites in Downtown Toronto 

Town Inn Suites 
620 Church St. | reservations@towninn.com | 1-800-387-2755

Alexandra Hotel 
77 Ryerson Ave. | info@alexandrahotel.com | 1-800-567-1893

DoubleTree Hilton Toronto Downtown
108 Chestnut St. | 416-977-5000

 

Education Resources & Articles

 

ECHO Ontario Coping with COVID

A virtual education and capacity building program that builds a community of practice, promotes resilience, provides skills and resources, and supports overall mental wellbeing amongst hospital-based health care providers currently supporting the COVID pandemic.

For Residents and Healthcare Providers:
Fridays 2:00pm -3:00pm EST
Apply here: https://edc.camhx.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=KXNTKXKFXY

 

Managing Anxious Feelings

Keeping yourself healthy: Resilience and Stress inoculation during COVID-19, Ontario Medical Association

3 steps to coping with anything including COVIDvideo by Drs. Jon Hunter and Bob Maunder, Sinai Health System

Health Anxiety – What is it and how can You Overcome it?, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Managing COVID19 AnxietyAnxiety and Depression Association of America

 

Decreasing Social Isolation

How to Manage Your Loneliness, The New York Times

The Ministry of Loneliness, Canadian Family Physician via  National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine. Dr Nick Pimlott looks at the prevalence of loneliness, as evidenced by the appointment of a Minister of Loneliness in the United Kingdom.

A (pre-COVID) report from the Minister of Loneliness in the UK, The Jo Cox Foundation 

 

Leadership

How to Be an Inclusive Leader Through a Crisis, Harvard Business Review

Ten Tips for Leaders – Supporting Protective Professional Relationships (PPR), Link to Pier’s PPR tip sheet for leaders

The Buddy SystemCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

Effect of a Professional Coaching Intervention on the Well-being and Distress of Physicians, Jama Network

Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jama Network

Executive Leadership and Physician Well-being: Nine Organizational Strategies to Promote Engagement and Reduce Burnout, Mayo Clinic

University of Toronto Faculty of MEdicine Leadership Community of Practice, University of Toronto

Co-Creating a Thriving Human-Centered Health System in the Post-Covid-19 Era, NEJM Catalyst

 

Managing Physical and Mental Health of Health Care Workers

Ten Tips on how to Support Personal Protective Relationships (PPR), Link to Pier’s tip sheet for faculty

Fight COVID19 with Better Sleep: A Guide for Healthcare WorkersCenter for the Study of Traumatic Stress

The Psychological Needs of Healthcare Staff as a Result of the Coronavirus PandemicBritish Psychological Society

Managing Mental Health Challenges Faced by Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic, The British Medical Journal

Managing Healthcare Worker Provider Stress Associated with COVID 19 Virus OutbreakNational Centre for PTSD

Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety among Health Care Professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jama Network 

COVID-19 in Wuhan: Immediate Psychological Impact on 5062 Health Workers, medRxiv

Factors Associated with Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019, Jama Network

Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders among Toronto Hospital Workers One to Two Years after the SARS Outbreak, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Stress and Psychological Distress Among SARS Survivors 1 Year After the OutbreakThe Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

SARS Control and Psychological Effects of QuarantineNational Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Occurrence, Prevention, and Management of the Psychological Effects of Emerging Virus Outbreaks on Healthcare Workers: Rapid Review and Meta-analysis The British Medical Journal

An Institutional Model for Health Care Workers' Mental Health During Covid-19, NEJM Catalyst

COVID-Well Study: Qualitative Evaluation of Supported Wellbeing Centres and Psychological First Aid for Healthcare Weorkers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

 

General

CAMH website re COVID 19 and mental health

https://static-content.springer.com/esm/art:10.1007%2Fs12630-020-01716-2/MediaObjects/12630_2020_1716_MOESM1_ESM.pdfSleep Tips

The Discomfort you’re Feeling is Grief, Harvard Business Review

COVID-19 Wellness Infographic, created & resources compiled by residents at the University of Toronto

Crowd Sourced Resources for Coping with COVID-19 Google Docs

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak, WHO 

WHO Mental Health Considerations During COVID

 

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  • This is not therapeutic or otherwise a health care service and no clinical relationship with the support worker or UofT is formed by use of this service;
  • This is not a reporting mechanism for concerns about specific individuals or entities; [but we will aim to provide information about relevant processes and pathways for reporting]
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