Physician Health & Wellness

Burnout and depression among the medical community is becoming more commonplace. COS has prepared the list below offering our members support on topical resources including webinars, courses, articles, books, and more.

While we all face challenges to varying degrees, our culture of silence in medicine often precludes us from openly sharing what we are facing. Speaking up, however, not only offers you an opportunity to seek support, but also helps others who may be hesitant to speak up for themselves by reminding them they are not alone.

If you are experiencing thoughts and behaviours of depression or suicide, it is important to know that there are immediate supports available to you 24 hours a day. Click here to find a crisis centre near you and seek the support you need.

Resources

Kevin MD (KevinMD.com)

A collection of articles and blog posts on physician suicide and related issues, written by various medical professionals.

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Pamela Wible, MD

A physician and author who advocates for the well-being of medical professionals and patients, with a focus on addressing physician suicide.

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Nina Ahuja, MD FRCSC
Docs in Leadership

An online community for physicians interested in leadership development, emotional intelligence, education, and career development.

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Canadian Medical Association
A New Era in Physician Health and Wellness

A hub for physician wellness resources, including articles, webinars, and tools for promoting well-being and addressing burnout and other challenges.

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Canadian Medical Association
The Silent Stigma Around Physician Suicide

A guide to the signs, risk factors and influences of physician suicide and an overview of the systemic and individual efforts needed to prevent it.

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Canadian Psychological Association

A collection of fact sheets on various mental health topics, including depression, anxiety, and stress, written by psychology experts.

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Canadian Mental Health Association
Workplace Mental Health

A program to promote mental health in the workplace, with resources and tools for employers and employees.

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Not Myself Today

A workplace mental health initiative that provides tools and resources for organizations to promote mental health and reduce stigma.

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Envisioning a Canada Without Suicide

A suicide prevention initiative that aims to raise awareness, provide education and resources, and promote action to prevent suicide and support those affected by it.

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Mental Health Support and resources from the Government of Canada

Here, you can access crisis support resources from the Government of Canada, such as the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline, provincial/territorial assistance, mental health services, Wellness Together Canada, and specialized help for First Nations, Inuit, Métis Peoples, and youth.

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Video

Do No Harm documentary

A documentary film that explores the issue of physician burnout and suicide, featuring interviews with doctors, experts and families.

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How To Get Confidential Mental Health Help

13 tips for depressed doctors who need confidential mental health care.

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“Removing the Mask” – Association for Academic Surgery – American Surgical Congress

Dr. Carrie Cunningham discusses the mental health crisis impacting our community, and reflects on her lived experiences.

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Podcasts

EyeCan Podcast – Physician Wellness with Dr. Nina Ahuja

Dr. Nina Ahuja, a physician, shares practical tips and advice on how to manage stress, maintain a work-life balance, and find fulfillment in the medical profession.

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EyeCan Podcast – Physician Health and Wellness with Dr. Susan Biali Haas

Dr. Susan Biali Haas, a physician and wellness expert, provides practical strategies for promoting self-care, resilience, and emotional well-being, drawing on her own story of burnout and recovery.

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EyeCan Podcast – Mindfulness and Physician Wellness with Dr. Agnes Wong

Dr. Agnes Wong explains how mindfulness can help to reduce stress, improve concentration, and enhance overall well-being, offering practical tips on how to incorporate mindfulness into daily life.

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