Positive mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on clinical practice.  As you continue to strive to deliver the best possible care for your patients, it is crucial that you look after your own mental and physical well-being.

You may find strategies that worked for you previously, continue to be the best approach for you. Whatever your circumstances, we have identified some information and resources that can support you to cope and be your best personal and professional self.

Like the rest of society, healthcare professionals can struggle with depression, anxiety and poor mental health. The current work environments our surgeons and emergency medicine doctors find themselves in may also contribute to high levels of stress. Generally speaking, we find ways to bounce back with little to no assistance; however, if problems persist, we recommend that you take action to restore your well-being. Below we have compiled a list of resources, many of which are free to avail of, that may help you to deal with these situations as they arise.

RTÉ 'You OK?' podcast: Dr Eva Doherty speaks about how frontline healthcare workers can manage their own mental health during the pandemic, under sustained stress and pressure. Listen to the podcast in full here

RCSI, in collaboration with our colleagues in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies, have created a series of brief videos to support your health and well-being during the current crisis.

'Managing acute stress' – Ian Robertson, Emeritus Professor of TCD and bestselling author of The Stress Test

Watch Managing Acute Stress video

'Responding to patients' distress and strong emotions' – Prof. Eva Doherty, Director of Human Factors in Patient Safety, RCSI

Watch the video now

'The ABC coping sentence' – Dr Claire Hayes, Consultant Clinical Psychologist to CoMPPAS Student Support, RCSI

'The psychological impact of stress on doctors during COVID-19' – Dr Sara O'Byrne, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Treehouse Practice, a HSE co-funded practice for trauma-informed services

'Psychological reactions in medical professionals to the COVID-19 pandemic'Dr Justin Brophy, Chairperson, Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies in Ireland

  • Aware: National organisation providing information, education and support for depression.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Support to individuals and families affected by alcohol misuse.
  • Bodywhys: National support group for people affected by eating disorders.
  • Pieta House: Support to those who are contemplating suicide or engaged in self-harm.
  • The 3Ts: Suicide prevention and funds the 1Life suicide helpline.
  • The Samaritans: One-to-one telephone support to people who are emotionally distressed
  • The Money Advice & Budgeting Service (MABS): Money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt.