Rural communities experience unique challenges in health and mental health care. There is currently a lack of literature that focuses on healthcare professionals within rural communities and how these individuals cope within pandemic situations. In order to understand this more, researchers within the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health (CCSRMH) conducted a survey with 137 frontline health care professionals, working in communities of less than 50,000 people, between May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020. This presentation will share information on the open ended responses that these health care professionals provided in regards to their needs and experiences during COVID-19. The researchers hope that this will shed light on the experiences of rural health care providers in order to increase supports and services within these regions of Manitoba.
Margaret de Jager is a fourth year Psychiatric Nursing Student at Brandon University. She holds a BA in Psychology and works as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health. As a future psychiatric nurse, a current researcher, and an involved community member, Margaret’s goals within her work include reducing stigma around mental illness and making appropriate services more accessible.
Candice Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatric Nursing at Brandon University and a founding member of the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Brandon University and is currently completing a PhD from University of Manitoba in Community Health Science. Her research includes improving health care practice and systems through the lens of feminist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic and decolonizing approaches; and understanding the perspectives of individuals living with histories of mental illness and trauma.