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Pacific Northwest Dental Conference: Navigating Health Challenges

In the heart of Seattle, amid the vibrant atmosphere of the Seattle Convention Center, dental professionals gathered for a transformative session led by Dr. Bundy at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference. The focus? Recognizing and supporting dental professionals through any health challenges they may encounter in their careers.

Dr. Bundy kicked off the session by diving into the multifaceted factors influencing the health and wellness of dental professionals. From the demands of patient care to the pressures of running a practice, attendees gained a deeper understanding of the unique stressors that can impact their wellbeing. One of the session’s primary objectives was to empower attendees to initiate positive change within their professional and personal lives. Through insightful discussions and thought-provoking exercises, Dr. Bundy explored strategies for promoting health and wellness in both individual and practice-wide contexts.

A cornerstone of the session was the exploration of resilience – the ability to bounce back from adversity and thrive in the face of challenges. Drawing from the latest research and evidence-based practices, Dr. Bundy shared practical techniques for enhancing personal resilience and building a culture of wellness within dental practices. Attendees also learned about the power of mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude in promoting mental health and wellbeing. Dr. Bundy highlighted the importance of prioritizing self-care, including adequate sleep, regular exercise, and meaningful connections with loved ones and colleagues.

The session was not merely a lecture but a dynamic exchange of ideas and experiences. Attendees actively participated in group discussions, sharing their own resilience strengths and challenges. Through this collective exploration, participants gained valuable insights and support from their peers. Dr. Bundy introduced attendees to the Self-Determination Theory, a framework that emphasizes autonomy, belonging, and competence as fundamental human needs. By fostering a sense of purpose and community within dental practices, attendees learned how to create cultures of wellness that support both personal and professional growth.

As the session drew to a close, Dr. Bundy provided attendees with a wealth of resources including online tools and support groups to professional organizations and advocacy networks. Dr. Bundy’s session at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference was a testament to the power of education, dialogue, and collaboration in promoting health and wellness within the dental profession. By prioritizing resilience and fostering cultures of support, dental professionals can not only thrive personally but also deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

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WPHP Report – What is the Washington Physicians Health Program Doing About Physician Suicide?

Physician suicide remains a concerning issue, and the Washington Physician Health Program (WPHP) initiatives aim to provide crucial support, resources, and prevention strategies. For insights into WPHP’s comprehensive strategies and the broader implications of physician suicide, explore the recent submission from Dr. Chris Bundy and Dr. Jeffrey Sung to WMC Update!

This article highlights WPHP’s commitment to accurate information dissemination, risk assessment protocols, and educational efforts. Emphasizing a compassionate approach, WPHP navigates the complexities of physician suicide, advocating for dignity, hope, and well-being.

Together, we can support our healthcare professionals and foster awareness on this critical issue.

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Breaking the Silence: Dr. Carrie Cunningham’s Candid Journey

Dr. Carrie Cunningham reveals her lifelong battle with depression, anxiety, and addiction to her peers. Read her powerful story in this recent article in The Guardian and be part of breaking the stigma around mental health in medicine.

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Suicide Prevention Training for Veterinary Professionals

The University of Washington has launched a free three-part course aimed at suicide prevention strategies for veterinary professionals. Our very own Associate Medical Director, Dr. Laura Moss, has invested extensive effort to help develop this comprehensive course. The modules cover a range of topics, including understanding suicide, supporting at-risk individuals, promoting wellness, reducing stigma, and addressing access to lethal means. By completing this course, veterinary professionals gain valuable knowledge on how to promote well-being and create a supportive environment within their field.

Learn more about this free course.

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Barriers to Recovery for Medical Professionals: Assessing Financial Support through a Survey of Physician Health Programs

Physician burnout, psychiatric problems, and substance use disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent. However, the costs of recovery for physicians enrolled in Physician Health Programs (PHPs) remain unexamined. This survey study published in The American Journal on Addictions recent article sheds light on the financial strain on physicians, especially those in training, and highlights resources for financial assistance such as fee deferrals and sliding scale fees. It’s crucial that access to PHPs is available, destigmatized, and affordable for all physicians.


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May marks Mental Health Awareness Month 

This month, we’d like to recognize the importance of mental health and educating one another against mental illness stigma. 

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President of Doctors of British Columbia message on ‘finding your reason’ during covid

Matthew Chow provides a touching message on finding meaning amidst misery.

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Dr. Chris Bundy presenting at Western Doctors In Recovery Annual Meeting

Register now to see him present on Mental Health Concerns for Health Professionals During Covid

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World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Month

The month of October marks Mental Health Month. WPHP’s mission is to facilitate the rehabilitation of health-care professionals who have health conditions that could compromise patient safety and to monitor their recovery. This often includes issues of mental health. It is more important than ever for health professionals to care of themselves and their mental health. Follow the National Alliance on Mental Illness this week to find more resources and information on this important topic!

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WPHP’s Lindsay Shea is featured in WMC Fall edition of Update!

Lindsay explores how mental health disparities create “double vulnerability” for those in minority communities.

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October 8th marks National Depression Screening Day

As a part of Mental Illness Week, October 8th marks National Depression Screening Day. It is important to take care of your mental health and seek help if you are in need. #NationalDepressionScreeningDay

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How are Hospitals looking out for their staffs’ Mental Health during COVID-19?

Learn more about how hospitals across the country are responding to the mental health effects of COVID-19 on their staff. #covid-19 #mentalhealth

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