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Ever since COVID-19 became a global health care emergency, our health workers have been working overtime to save lives. According to a study on the mental health of healthcare workers exposed to COVID-19, they had a high chance of developing mental health issues and may need psychological interventions or support.
The study also notes that,
- 50.4% of the survey respondents showed symptoms of depression.
- 44.6% displayed symptoms of anxiety.
- 34.0% reported they had trouble falling asleep.
- 71.5% reported they had feelings of distress.
Another study conducted by Mental Health America reported its findings on healthcare workers’ mental health during this pandemic. The study findings are listed below.
- 93% of the participants reported experiencing stress.
- 86% reported experiencing anxiety.
- 77% reported that they were feeling frustrated.
- 76% reported being exhausted and experiencing burnout.
- 75% of them mentioned that they were feeling overwhelmed.
Having the above in mind, Texila American University (TAU) hosted a webinar to help create awareness on the topic. The theme of the webinar was “COVID-19 depression among health care workers.”
Dr. Davendranand Sharma was the speaker for the event. He is a consultant to two leading private hospitals in Guyana, Woodlands Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Additionally, he is a professor of behavioral sciences at TAU.
Dr. Sooraj Surendranath, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at TAU.
The webinar included some insightful information about how the pandemic has affected various strata of society. Watch this knowledge-rich webinar to learn about the mental health issues faced by healthcare workers. Share the video link if you found it insightful or if it might help someone else.