In times of uncertainty, like this pandemic, it’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. We understand the pressures you’re under as healthcare professionals, caring business owners, parents, children and members of your community.
On one hand you are balancing the emergent dental needs of your patients in a new and often evolving manner. On the other, you are practising social distancing. It’s important to remember that this is the time to lean on each other and the resources available through the ADA&C. The Members’ Assistance Program provides confidential counselling and related support services to all dentists, their extended families and staff members at no cost. The Wellness Program Committee (formerly CAP) provides professional and confidential assistance from your colleagues to all members and their immediate family members. More information, including contact information for both programs can be found here.
Canadian Mental Health Association has some resources and suggestions to help support your mental health at this time of uncertainty.
We also know that there are societal issues of stress that will be exacerbated by the challenges that we face. If you become aware of signs or incidents of domestic or child abuse, you have a duty to report. These are sad realities, but, these are things that we need to be aware of and sensitive to as health care professionals and as caring citizens.
- Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages or find other supports.
- Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering bilingual (English and French) professional counselling, information and referrals.
We encourage everyone to practise social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be there for one another emotionally. So, stay in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out to the ADA&C if you need support.