Mental health professionals struggle quietly in the pandemic

Mental health professionals struggle quietly in the pandemic

The past year has taken a toll on many Canadians whether they realize it or not. And the people we turn to, psychologists, councillors and therapists are also bearing a heavy load guiding people through these troubled times.

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, psychotherapist Jane Alway says she — like so many others — has had to adapt to finding creative ways to work in these unprecedented times.

“I have spoken to people who, if they live in a congregate setting, they may go to their car and go out into the middle of an empty parking lot because that’s the only place they can get privacy,” she said.

“I’ve had sessions take place within sheds, walk-in closets — we go where we need to go to receive the service. So yes — very creative solutions.”
Alway, who is president of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals, is one of thousands of Canadian mental health practitioners on the front lines of what she and others dub the “echo pandemic.”

Ross Lord has more.

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