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SJHH / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Connect Mental Health and Addiction Outpatient Programs/ Covid 19 Mental Health Services for HCW

Covid 19: Mental Health Services for Health & Community Care Workers

Health and community care workers have made a selfless commitment to care for our community during COVID-19. At work and at home, you have shown incredible strength. But even the strongest among us need help sometimes. Anxiety, exhaustion and compassion fatigue are all normal responses in this pandemic. It’s ok to say it: this is really hard.

We're here for you

If you are a health or community care worker impacted by stress related to COVID-19, supports are available to help you cope. These supports include access to resources you can access on your own or with a group of peers. Five hospitals in Ontario, including St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, are partnering with Ontario Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence to provide assessment and referrals to health or community care workers from across the province. For more information on these different resources, please visit COVID-19: Support for workers.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is committed to caring for the mental health of health and community care workers during this difficult time. You’re not alone, we’re here for you. 

How can we help?

Let's talk

The COVID-19 Mental Health Support Team offers confidential support for healthcare workers through quick access to a trained mental health clinician from SJHH.  Our team includes nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. They will connect with you and listen. You can share your fears, concerns, and struggles, receive support, engage in problem-solving, and receive help connecting to other resources or services if needed. Simply call St. Joe's Connect at 905-522-1155, extension 36499 during business hours or complete the referral form below. You will be contacted within 24 hours. 

Tips and Tools

If you are on the St. Joe’s network and can access MyStJoes (hospital intranet):

If you are NOT currently ON the St. Joe’s network:

  • Click here for a list of resources available to staff and physicians

The COVID-19 Mental Health Support Team provides confidential support for Healthcare Workers.

Please fill out the form below to request support. A member of our clinical team will be in touch within 24 hours.

Access services in french through the Royal here.

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Request Support - Healthcare Workers

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Primary Care Provider Consent      
Primary Care Provider (e.g. family physician, nurse practitioner)
Preferred method of contact   
Please choose a number below that reflects how much distress you are currently feeling
(0 is no distress, 5 is moderate distress and 10 is extreme distress)
Are the services you are requesting medication-related?      
A network of providers from St. Joseph's Healthcare as well as other hospitals will be providing services. Do you have any concerns with being referred to a provider within your current hospital?     
Anonymous Survey Participation Request   
Anonymous Data Consent