Well-being of healthcare workers and Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic

The first article from the longitudinal study, Impacts of Morally Distressing Experiences on the Mental Health of Canadian Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (led by the Lawson Health Research Institute), has been submitted for peer-reviewed publication. It has been published in pre-print and can be found (in English only) here:

Please note, as this study has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, findings are subject to change based on reviewers comments.

A plain-language summary of the article can be found here: 

  • Project Summary: The aim of this project is to longitudinally quantify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers (HCWs) and Veterans. The study will examine psychological distress, perceived social support, family functioning, loneliness, and positive mental health; identify the degree of workplace stress and moral distress/challenges experiences by HCWs; and identify the potential long-lasting impact of COVID-19 pandemic on HCWs and Veterans.
  • Principal Investigator: J. Don Richardson, The MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre
  • Co-Investigators: Patrick Smith, Fardous Hosseiny, and Gabrielle Galley, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions; Viraj Mehta, St. Joseph’s Health Care;  Arlene MacDougall, Western University; Ruth Lanius, Western University; Maya Roth and Michelle Marlborough, St. Joseph’s Health Care – Operational Stress Injury Clinic; Anthony Nazarov, Callista Forchuk, Erisa Deda, Rachel Plouffe, Vanessa Soares, and Kate St. Cyr, MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre
  • Partners: The Macdonald Franklin OSI Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, Western University
  • Advisory Group: Yes

CIPSRT – supporting public safety personnel

  • Project Summary: The Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions has co-created resources, which captures the needs of Veterans and their families, frontline first responders, and public safety leaders to help support them in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Partners: The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT)
  • Advisory Group: No

COVID-19 resource directories

  • Project Summary: The Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions has created two COVID-19 resource directories, containing Veteran-specific and non-specific wellness resources for individuals and organizations.
  • Partners: N/A
  • Advisory Group: No
  • Directories: COVID-19 Resource Directory: Promoting and Maintaining Veteran Wellness During COVID-19 (For Veterans, Veteran Families, and Service Providers who serve Veterans); COVID-19 Resource Directory: Providing Care to Veterans during COVID-19 (For Organizations that serve Veterans)