The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) recognizes that many of you are facing tremendous burdens as you care for Canadians through the current COVID-19 pandemic, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) also recognizes the challenges being faced by RTs such as high volumes of patients, some of whom they fear they may not be able to successfully help because of limits on supplies and resource.
Canadians with COVID-19 depend on respiratory therapists. The well-being of all front line health providers is critical to them being able to do their jobs. The Canadian Psychological Association would like to help. The CPA has called on all registered psychology practitioners to consider donating some of their time to provide psychological services to respiratory therapists who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this health crisis.
The listing of psychologists is organized into province and territory. It is important that you choose a psychologist who is on the list in the province or territory in which the provider is located. The psychologists on the listing have agreed to return calls for requests for service within 24 hours of their receipt.
The CSRT and CPA have a longstanding history of collaboration as part of the Health Advocacy Lobby Group (HEAL). Both organizations are providing leadership on the HEAL COVID-19 taskforce, advocating to government for the needs of healthcare providers.
On behalf of all respiratory therapists, the CSRT would like to take this opportunity to thank the Canadian Psychological Association for this generous and thoughtful offer of support. It is indeed heartwarming to see the appreciation registered psychology practitioners have for RTs.
Wishing you all the best,
Dr. Andrew West, CEO
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists