The mental health of nurses is often overlooked — you’re someone who’s built a career taking care of others, so sometimes, people forget you need to be taken care of too.
Research has shown that nurses face a higher suicide risk than the general population. Stress, burnout, untreated depression and the emotional toll of nursing are a few factors that may contribute to this stat, along with “second victim” syndrome, which happens when medical professionals have to live with the weight of making a medical mistake. However, better screening and resources for nurses facing distress can help you take back your mental health and wellness.
Here are a few resources you can use if you haven’t been feeling your best.
Offers clinically validated techniques and support to help you relieve symptoms and feel happier over time.
A scientifically-supported mood improvement app, developed by clinical psychologists.
WhatsUp? provides daily tools that promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
- The Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Find a peer to talk with or participate in the forum to find help.
- Anxiety Panic Support
Feeling anxious? Chat online with someone who has been there and knows what you’re going through.
Mental Health Centres:
- Your Life Counts
Search for mental health services and contact information across Canada, whether you’re at home or on the road.
- The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Connect with specialized crisis centres, no matter which province you are in.
- WebMD’s Depression TV
A series of short videos that cover a wide variety of questions and topics related to mental health.