Editor’s note: Here’s to a healthier 2022!
Let’s face it…it hasn’t been an easy year, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact day-to-day lives.
In August 2020, an ADA Health Policy Institute survey on the impact of COVID-19 on dentists under the age of 35 found that 87% reported experiencing anxiety and 55% reported experiencing depression. In the same survey, 55% were not familiar with mental health and other supportive services; and over 30% were not comfortable seeking out mental health services for themselves or team members. Early indications from the 2021 health survey show continued mental health concerns for dentists, including anxiety and depression.
Let’s count down the last busy days of 2021 by highlighting wellness resources and tips the ADA has to offer — from toolkits on workplace wellness and videos on ergonomics to webinars andfact sheets on mental health.
6: Foster wellness and self care
Learn about self-care strategies through the free ADA webinar, Fostering Wellness & Self Care .
The one-hour webinar from NAMI Chicago, which is part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, dives into concepts of wellness, individual self-care, and community care. The session, originally recorded on Oct. 27, was part of the ADA Accelerator Series, provided in part by a generous grant from Crest + Oral-B.
In addition, participants will learn how to create their own wellness plan and engage in activities that benefit the management of stress and engagement in self-care.