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Short Course in Mental Health Resilience for Healthcare Professionals - E-learning

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Introduction

Currently South Africa is in various stages of lockdown to minimise the spread of COVID-19. This is necessary to disrupt the chain of transmission of the Corona virus across society but has serious effects on many aspects of our daily lives, especially, as we are social beings, on our mental health and well-being. Moreover, the mental well-being of all Frontline Workers, providing essential services in clinics and hospitals, are foremost at risk as they are in daily contact with sick patients in a potentially life threatening situation.

For them it is not a matter of social distancing. In essence, it is finding a way to survive within their professional and ethical obligation to render a service to the sick and needy. This might trigger a variety of emotions. They might suffer from panic attacks to anxiety and depression, anger and having emotional outbursts. Healthcare Providers play a pivotal role in managing the epidemic. We should make special provision to support them in managing their mental well-being. This course will focus on engagement and activities to minimise the effect of this ongoing epidemic on HCPs.

This e-learning course will guide all HCPs in taking simple steps to ensure that they stay mentally fit and healthy.

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Who Should Enrol

All Healthcare Providers (HCPs) involved in providing essential and ongoing services to sick patients during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Course Design

Online e-learning education through interactive learning activities, videos, presentations and articles. The course is designed in such a way that different topics are covered in 5 modules in order to maintain and improve mental resilience for HCPs during the lockdown period and after the lifting of restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19.

Exit Level Outcomes

After the completion of this learning experience healthcare professionals should be able to navigate through the mental health challenge brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course Content

This course has 5 modules:

Module 1: Introduction to a digital transformation in business.

Module 2: Lockdown and mental health

Module 3: Support frontline healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 and the exacerbation of stressors

Module 4: Psycho-social aspects of COVID-19 affecting healthcare workers and patients

Module 5: Surviving post COVID-19: Staying real and robust

Certification

To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should complete the MCQs and have a pass rate of at least 70%. The course is accredited for 15 CPD points on level 2.