Self Care & Information

Be mindful of information overload

There is no shortage of COVID-19 information and certainly, as health-care professionals, we definitely need to stay on top of what is relevant to us. But right now, COVID-19 is also dominating the news and social media. 
Our brains are wired to pay attention to information that scares or unsettles us, this “negativity bias” is the same reason bad news gets more attention and good news and criticisms have a greater impact than compliments. This means that we have to be very intentional about the media we consume.
Here are three ways to maintain a balanced media diet so that you can continue to care for yourself and our community:

  1. Stay up to date on local news related to VCH and our province.  Examples include our oneVCH COVID-19 bulletin, updates from VCH leadership and BC provincial leaders. 
  2. Limit social media at this time because it seems everyone from around the world is posting about COVID-19. 
  3. Lastly, unplug from media completely during off hours to regenerate your perspective. Listen to music or take a walk outside.

We know the everyone has been working long, long days in this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for all you are doing and know that we are in this together.

All medical staff will have free access to VCH Employee Wellness services, effective immediately. These services will include counselling services, wellness services, and critical incident services. 

The VCH Employee Wellness counselling services offers counselling, online confidential treatment and a 24/7 crisis line. Our registered/certified therapists have more than 10 years of professional counselling experience, and provide free, confidential, short-term counselling to address a range of issues (i.e. depression, anxiety, burnout, trauma, relationships, family, couple, work stress and many more). 

To contact Employee Wellness/EFAP, please call 1-800-505-4929 or email:

Drop-in COVID-19 Physician Peer Support Sessions

Starting Tuesday, April 7, the BC Physician Health Program (PHP) will be offering free drop-in Physician Peer Support Sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm PST via Zoom.

Join other physicians, Psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Russel, and PHP’s Roxanne Joyce, to talk over challenges and issues you’re facing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Sessions are drop-in, no commitment necessary, focusing on peer support not psychiatric care.

Email for the link to join by phone or video. Learn more here

Care for caregiver web site (resources and help)

During these challenging times your mental health is a priority. We are very excited to share with you a new online website launched by the Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions to support the psychological well-being of frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19 – Care for Caregivers.

Whether you’re looking for up to date credible information to ease your mind, a free webinar to learn about resiliency, or quick daily coping tips and resources to support your mental health, you can find it on this website. The target audience is all health care workers with a focus on long-term care workers, home support workers and the contracted sector that may not have access to as many supports.

We hope you find this new resource useful and encourage you to share the link with your colleagues. For more information, you can email

Additional employee wellness services and resources