What is it about?
We interviewed 12 mental health workers who sought mental health support after experiencing violence in their workplace. Having their experiences validated as traumatic made it easier for them to seek help. Facing stigma about mental health made it harder for them to seek help. Some participants experienced victim-blaming. Participants identified a need for more accessible trauma support and supportive management responses.
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Why is it important?
Working in a psychiatric hospital can be rewarding, but it can also be very stressful. This study is important because it is one of the first to ask mental health workers about their mental health needs.
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Following Workplace Violence: A Qualitative Study, Nursing and Health Sciences, January 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12816.
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Trauma among Psychiatric Workers Research and Knowledge Translation Project
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Trauma among Psychiatric Workers: A Research and Knowledge Translation Project
Psychiatric hospitals can be rewarding places to work, but the work can also be stressful. The Trauma among Psychiatric Workers project ran surveys, interviews, and focus groups at psychiatric hospitals in Ontario, Canada. See our research outputs here.
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