Having to work and provide family care and self-care during these unprecedented times can not only be stressful but can be traumatizing. United Nurses of Alberta recognizes that these events can affect our members in different ways.
There is no right or wrong way for each individual to respond to stress and trauma.
With increased pressure on nurses and health care workers during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in our hospitals and health care facilities, we encourage our members to stick together, be kind, and reach out to their coworkers who might be feeling personally overwhelmed by the rapidly evolving situation.
The health and safety of our members and their patients remains our priority, so UNA encourages members in distress to use the following resources to assist you with monitoring your own personal mental health.
Toll Free Crisis Line/Distress Centre - 403-266-4357
Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
Provincial: 211 (provides referrals for community, government and social services)
Addictions Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
Family Violence – Find Supports: 310-1818
Income Supports: -1-866-644-5135
Kids Help Phone (Youth Counselling Line): 1-800-668-6868
Warning signs of Suicide
Pro Bono Psychological Services for Healthcare Workers
Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Disaster Response Network (Provides psychological check-in and support for HCW's and their families)