Mental Health Week – Episode 25 [REVISIT] Moral Distress in Healthcare: A First-Hand Account and Current Research Published by The Mental Health Commission of Canada

Published on May 4, 2023

In recognition of Mental Health Week 2023, we are excited to re-release one of our most popular episodes, where we dive into the pressing healthcare human resource crisis in Canada and its impact on the well-being of healthcare professionals. In this episode, we are joined by two experts who contributed to a report published by the Mental Health Commission of Canada late in 2022. The report analyzes the barriers and facilitators that healthcare workers, teams, and organizations face when trying to support psychological self-care and protect workers from moral distress.

In this engaging discussion, we explore the findings of this important report and learn from a first-hand account of the dire reality healthcare professionals in Canada are facing today. We also examine the steps that need to be taken to address this crisis and support the mental and emotional well-being of those who dedicate their lives to caring for others.

Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing healthcare professionals and learn how we can support their mental health and well-being.



The Mental Health Structural Stigma in Healthcare Micro-eLearning Course

The Mental Health Structural Stigma in Healthcare Micro eLearning Course, developed in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is now available for FREE to those working in the Canadian health system.

This course is intended for health system leaders and influencers, as well as any healthcare professional, who wants to better understand and identify structural stigma in their organization and how it contributes to inequity and poorer experiences and health outcomes for those experiencing mental health and substance use concerns. Learners can complete this online course in approximately one hour.

To learn more about this course and register for free, Click Here.



About Special Guest Madi Sutton

Madi Sutton is a nurse who has worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She graduated from Dalhousie nursing school in 2019 and went onto work at camp hill Veterans Memorial, a long-term care facility for veterans. She then went on to work at 4.1 Halifax Infirmary Vascular and General surgery, working directly with patients undergoing surgery.

Madi now works at the medial day unit in the Victoria General. This facility provides treatments such as blood product transfusions, IV antibiotics, iron infusions, and various types of chemotherapy.

Although Madi has not worked on a unit designated for COVID-19 patients exclusively, every unit she has worked on has experienced the impacts of working directly with COVID-19 positive patients, navigating COVID policy changes, and struggling through staffing shortages.


About Special Guest Colleen Grady

Dr. Grady is a researcher focused on physician leadership development, psychological health and safety in the workplace, and functional healthcare organizations.

She holds master and doctoral degrees in business administration and her current work supports the post-graduate program in the Department of Family Medicine (DFM), the evaluation of Ontario Health Teams, Indigenous health, and collaboration among family physicians to inform system integration.


Helpful Links

Colleen Grady | Twitter: Click Here

Madi Sutton | LinkedIn: Click Here

Mental Health Commission of Canada | Website: Click Here

Mental Health Commission of Canada | LinkedIn: Click Here

Report: Exploring Two Psychosocial Factors for Health-Care Workers | Website: Click Here

Mental Health Structural Stigma in Healthcare Micro-eLearning Course | Free Course: Click Here


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