It has been a long two years, and our health care workers are reaching a breaking point.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a considerable strain on the Canadian health care system, leading to longer patient wait times, increased staff shortages and a growing mental health crisis among front line workers.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of job vacancies among health care practitioners - primarily in hospitals -  increased almost 92 per cent in the September to December 2021 period, compared to the same period pre-pandemic in 2019.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: our health care workers aren’t alright.

Stress, grief, helplessness, - these are normal human responses to the health care crisis we are facing, including the global pandemic. To be a doctor is not synonymous with being unbreakable. Every person has their breaking point, and those limits are being tested in our health care community.

We need more support in our workplace, and more support for our mental health.

We are more than just a scrubs brand. We are grounded in our vision to support the mental health of our health care community through our library of resources and committing 1% of profits to support Healthcare Worker mental health and prevention of violence.

Let’s shift the culture of medicine so that healthcare workers are able to give themselves the same care and attention they give to others- they deserve it.

We got this,

- the formation team

July 14, 2022 — Stephanie Ahlborn