Supporting mental health and resilience in medical professionals
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to support the mental health and resilience of medical professionals who are routinely exposed to traumatic events.
For this episode, we bring together Dr Jennifer Wild (Associate professor in experimental psychology and consultant clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford) and Dr Merika Tsitsi, (Head of department, Internal Medicine) at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
They will explore how medical professionals experience trauma and draw on their research and experience to surface practical ways to improve mental health and develop resilience.
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Dr Jennifer Wild
Dr Jennifer Wild’s area of expertise is in developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions to prevent stress-related psychopathology in at risk populations.
With her team, she developed internet-delivered cognitive training in resilience (iCT-R), which targets modifiable risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in emergency workers. This preventative intervention is being disseminated to emergency services across England by its mental health charity, Mind.
Dr Wild leads SHAPE Recovery, an evidence-based wellbeing programme, to support hospital and paramedic employees during and after Covid-19. She recently published a popular science book on resilience called Be Extraordinary.
Dr Merika Tsitsi
Dr Merika Tsitsi, MBBCh, FCP (SA) is a South African specialist physician.
For the last five years he has been the clinical head of department of internal medicine at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the largest hospital in Africa and third largest hospital in the world.
Dr Tsitsi is responsible for the training of internal medicine specialists and for overseeing the development of infrastructure for the internal medicine department. He is the current chair of its Covid-19 steering committee.
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