The year 2020 was full of stressful events for Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted work, education, economics and healthcare. The death of George Floyd increased awareness of systemic racism, discrimination and health disparities among minority groups. The current political climate has been a stressor for over 70% of Americans. We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come. The compounding stressors could lead to physical, mental and emotional sequelae. In the midst of traumatic events or prolonged exposure to work related stressors, health care providers are at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorders, burnout and moral injury. The purpose of this symposia is to familiarize interdisciplinary team members with different causes of work-related stressors and its cumulative effects to endure and prepare for the current mental health crisis.
Describe the characteristics of acute stress, episodic acute stress, chronic stress, traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder
Explain the difference between moral distress, moral residue and moral injury
Discuss the features of burnout
Provide crisis prevention and clinical evaluation strategies