Sikkim Manipal College of Nursing (SMCON) has recently conducted a national level webinar focusing on impacts of stress during COVID times. One of the most under rated and under discussed aspects about the pandemic is the mental health of health care workers who often are required to work in highly challenging situations where the risk associated with contracting the fatal disease has a higher probability than anywhere else.
Under such circumstances every healthcare professional may be at an increased risk of experiencing mental health problems. Incidentally, throughout the pandemic health care professionals have often worked long hours and as COVID 19 spread rampantly across the country many infected, exposed nurses and other caregivers had to repeatedly undergo isolation/quarantine. During those times (and also while on duty) they were away from homes and their own families.
Strategies for stress management were deliberated upon in the course of the webinarToday the pandemic might be subsiding but owing to the very stressful emergency (in terms of healthcare) phases that the healthcare providers have undergone many are now experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. Cases of substance misuse and suicide (although very rare) too have occurred.
The webinar conducted by Sikkim Manipal College of Nursing (SMCON) had addressed this and many allied issues. Strategies for stress management were deliberated upon in the course of the webinar.
This interactive webinar was attended by 230 participants from various institutions and organizations. It concluded by gathering feedback from the participants by way of responses filled on questionnaires structured by mental health experts.