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Dr. Julia Smith discusses the impact of moral distress on healthcare workers, emphasizing the need for structural support and the importance of recognizing care work’s value to address health inequities and the mental health challenges faced by those in the healthcare sector.
I had been doing some work with my therapist. I still had a therapist that I was working with and I had made peace with my father, and I was able to say I am Squamish, but that was three years ago. So it’s been in the last three years that I can honestly say that I am proud to be Squamish and I feel like I’m home.
A lot of the suicides we’ve seen recently, you know, people that it feels like it’s out of the blue, but I’m sure that person was struggling for a long time and was just trying to cover it up. So, I think breaking the stigma and myself openly talking about it and bringing it up like it’s any other conversation.
If somebody is coming to me at a place of burnout, it’s so understandable, especially in the last few years with, you know, the toll on the healthcare system and so many healthcare workers who are like the core of the healthcare industry haven’t necessarily been feeling that way, feeling valued.
Workplace incivility is really one of the most pervasive forms of antisocial workplace behavior, and yet its subtlety makes it really difficult to detect. Uncivil behavior really is notably mundane. It’s things like rude behavior, condescending behavior, ostracizing or exclusionary behavior that otherwise appears as everyday interaction.