Student Perspectives: Graduating and Interning During COVID-19: What Does the Next Generation of Clinicians Need to Take on This Challenge?
With the rapid rollout of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 worldwide, the world can breathe easier. Unfortunately, as this global threat is receding, its impact on mental health is becoming increasingly apparent. The problem is such that some experts speak of an “echo pandemic” (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2020). For example, rates of self-reported depression, anxiety and psychological distress have been steadily rising since the beginning of the pandemic (Dozois, 2020). Unfortunately, though vulnerable people and their families will likely need health care and mental health workers, these professionals also show signs of significant strain (Malvardy et al., 2021; Spoorthy et al., 2020). Specifically, rates of anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and posttraumatic stress are soaring among health care workers (Malvardy et al., 2021).