The Canadian public entrusts our health care professionals to be there for us when we're ailing and in need of care. But what happens when it's the doctors, nurses, and specialists who need the help? White Coat, Black Art is teaming up with CBC News and CBCNews.ca to present Public Health, Private Lives, an in-depth look at the stress our health care workers are under, how they cope, and what the societal consequences can be when they struggle with the pressure.
Listen to this Saturday's episode of White Coat, Black Art for a feature interview with Françoise Mathieu, a certified mental health counsellor and researcher who has cared for health professionals suffering from problems related to stress and burnout. You can also listen to the interview here:
Find out more about this special CBC series after the jump...
For four consecutive nights beginning December 5, The National on CBC Television presents stories on four health professionals who work at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada's busiest hospitals. They discuss their high-pressure careers and the impact of those careers on their personal lives.
As part of this unique CBC broadcast event, on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 12 p.m. ET, I will be hosting a live chat at CBCNews.ca Your Voice on stress among health care workers and how that affects patients. Joining me in our chat are the aforementioned Françoise Mathieu, Toronto-area physician Dr. Peter Lin and Dr. Susan Edwards, director of resident wellness at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.