An online sanctuary for care providers during the pandemic
Annual Report 2019-20
The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on care providers in Canada and caused an increase in symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Together, they created Pause4Providers, a virtual venue that hosts 30-minute mindfulness sessions for health care providers every weeknight, on a drop-in basis. Starting out as an online meeting group that grew via word-of-mouth, Pause4Providers is now a stand-alone website that serves a wider audience.
“Supporting our colleagues through the pandemic has been the call to action that both compelled and united this group. We can only hope the spirit of collaboration that is seen within our initiative (both within the organizers and participants), crosses sectors and nations continues well past the pandemic,” says Dr. Meschino.
Dr. Elliott agrees. “It has been rewarding to create a sense of connection and community using this online platform.”
The website has garnered praise from healthcare providers across the country, who have found that the sessions bring a welcome dose of clarity and calm to their daily routines.
“The pandemic has brought up many emotions for me, including uncertainty and helplessness. Providing mindfulness sessions to our healthcare workers and hearing their words of gratitude and appreciation have made me feel valued and hopeful. I am honoured to have this opportunity to help support our community during this difficult time,” says Dr. Hirsch.
The group’s continuing work has been supported by an Academic Merit Organization Innovation Award. If you know a healthcare provider or anyone coping with stress brought on by the pandemic, please tell them about Pause4Providers.