Covid-19 from the Wellness Perspective
This got me thinking – doctors and nurses – all medics, their complete raison d’être is to make people healthy again. They are trained to take action, to heal people. However, what impact has the mystifying Covid-19 pandemic had on frontline healthcare providers? I think of those medics, many isolated from their loved ones, who have had to watch the challenge of this awful pandemic unfold. Watching and waiting and desperately seeking answers that neither the medical community nor researchers had. How helpless did they feel while coping with the seriously ill, unprecedented numbers of dying and the bereaved? Nearly 1,500 deaths were recorded at the peak.
And what about the dangerous working conditions? Inadequate personal protective equipment and hazardous working conditions meant many frontline workers were forced to treat patients without sufficient protection.
Having worked in the NHS for 20 years I have no doubt that the fear and anxiety were well contained within the bounds of professionalism. Neither do I have any doubt that frontline workers got on with the job of looking after patients and dealing with the unprecedented, traumatic events unfolding before them.
Traumatic events such as those faced by many medics during the COVID-19 crisis can take an emotional toll and cause ongoing traumatic stress.
As a former chaplain in the NHS now working as a Wellness Coach I champion wellness in the workplace and want to respond to this crisis from a Wellness perspective.
I believe it is now time to put the mental health needs of medics at the forefront of the agenda.
Over the comings weeks I will be sharing my thoughts on Trauma and offering tips and pointers on looking after your mental health.
Watch this space.