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Sustaining Mental Health During COVID-19 with Clinical Simulation

Sustaining Mental Health During COVID-19 with Clinical Simulation

Sustaining Mental Health During COVID-19 with Clinical Simulation

Healthcare providers and learners around the world are under extreme pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of our colleagues may be suffering internally from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and alcohol use disorder, but still maintaining an external air of rationality and calm. How can we use clinical simulation to train ourselves to recognize, appreciate, and work through these challenges? Today’s guest authored an article by Kim LaMontagne MBA, an international speaker, teacher, and author who describes the lived experience of a high performing individual who lived in silence in the workplace with mental illness and substance use disorder. Here, she shares her journey on creating and sustaining a mentally healthy workplace culture and identifies key warning signs that we can utilize through medical simulation to educate and train for. Kim writes…

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Mental Health and Stigma in the Workplace

Stigma refers to the negative internal attitudes and beliefs people hold toward something. Stigma can also be an amalgamation of ignorance, prejudice and discrimination. Discrimination is the external effect of the stigma that results in the denial of individuals their rights and social inclusion.  Stigma and discrimination can be more detrimental to the individual than the actual mental illness. This is due to the withdrawal of support from loved ones and colleagues in addition to shunning and exclusion. Numerous misconceptions still exist about mental illness which leads to stigma and shame.

Stigma is disrespectful and is the number one barrier to treating mental health conditions.  

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