Healthcare workers (HCWs) face significant mental health challenges due to their demanding profession. Stressors like heavy workloads, long hours, and witnessing trauma impact their well-being. Strategies to support them include creating a supportive work environment, providing mental health training and resources, implementing peer support programs, and promoting work-life balance.
Regular mental health check-ins and destigmatizing mental health also play a role. Prioritizing healthcare workers' mental health is vital for their well-being and the quality of patient care. We can foster a healthier and more resilient healthcare workforce by recognizing their challenges and implementing supportive measures.
Clinical TrialA clinical trial assessed the effectiveness of a mental health intervention for reducing anxiety and depression symptoms among HCWs during the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to enhanced care as usual (eCAU). The intervention group received a stepped-care program consisting of two interventions developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adapted for HCWs: Doing What Matters in Times of Stress (DWM) and Problem Management Plus (PM+).
Each intervention lasted five weeks and was delivered remotely by non-specialist mental health providers. HCWs who continued to experience psychological distress after completing DWM were invited to participate in PM+. The primary outcome measure was self-reported anxiety and depression symptoms using the Patient Health Questionnaire-Anxiety and Depression Scale at week 21.