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PSYCHOLOGY AWARENESS MONTH: WHAT TO DO WHEN A PATIENT DOESN’T FOLLOW YOUR ADVICE

We are excited to share that February marks Psychology Awareness Month — an opportunity to showcase the work of Providence's Psychology Team.

COVID-19 has presented us all with many difficult situations and increased stress, which can also impact our mental health. This has led to a more general awareness of how closely our physical and mental health is connected. Good mental health is essential, and we need to take care of it the same way we care for our physical health.

The PHC Psychology Team has created a series of flyers on mental health-related issues that they are often asked about — see image above.

This week, we are featuring a flyer on what to do when a patient doesn’t follow your advice.  Download the PDF here and please share it with your team.

The team has created the flyers to describe some common mental disorders and the many myths that keep people from seeking help. The team's goal with this initiative is to give factual information to support staff in their clinical work and increase mental health awareness. They also hope to demonstrate that providing care based on psychological science can empower people to overcome or adapt to many challenges, be it physical or mental.

We hope the flyers will spark conversations about the many psychological health concerns we may experience — whether ourselves or with our patients and residents.

If you want to learn more about the Psychology Team's work, please contact Dr. Theo Elfers, R.Psych. at telfers@providencehealth.bc.ca.

This page last updated Feb 12, 2021 4:53pm PST