Protecting the psychological well-being of our nation during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a priority for anyone working in the field of mental health and addiction.
As the novel coronavirus spread throughout our communities, so too did our anxiety about the future. Prolonged isolation, the loss of loved ones, and financial hardship have placed many at risk of mental illness. For healthcare workers, another threat persists – the threat of moral injury.
Recently, HRI scientists have added to important discussions across Canada about the trauma-related impacts of COVID-19:
- Margaret McKinnon provided an overview of moral injury and advice for managing traumatic events during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Margaret McKinnon, Ruth Lanius, and Rakesh Jetly contributed an opinion piece to The Globe and Mail aimed at generating awareness of moral injury in healthcare workers and public safety personnel
- The Conversation featured Drs. McKinnon and Lanius exploring the stigma of COVID-19 in medical workers and how feelings of betrayal in the workplace can contribute to moral injury
- McKinnon was a featured in The Hamilton Spectator as one of four experts discussing the psychological ripple effects of COVID-19