CMA and partners launch a new mental-health support line for physicians and med students

The Wellness Support Line, with funding provided by Scotiabank and MD Financial Management, will offer mental health counselling and support whenever it is needed.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
June 24, 2020
Canadian Medical Association / Twitter

Doctors and medical students are always subject to immense stress, but even more so during the COVID-19 crisis. While they are offering help and support to patients, their own mental health may suffer. To alleviate this problem, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has created the Wellness Support Line, which will be available 24/7 to offer confidential, professional counselling and mental health support to doctors, medical students, residents, and their immediate families in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. (Other similar services are already available in Canada’s other provinces and territory.)

The support line is proudly funded by Scotiabank and MD Financial Services, who have also collaborated with the CMA on other programs in the past. It is staffed by counsellors specifically trained to support medical professionals, and offers service in multiple languages. CMA says the goal is to ensure that “all physicians and trainees across Canada can call a help line in their own province if needed.”

Source: Canadian Medical Association

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