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Mental Health and Well-Being Resources for Pharmacy Practitioners

As health care providers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have always felt the need to ensure the safety of their patients. In recent years, however, stress levels for pharmacy personnel have increased exponentially as they have taken on new responsibilities and seen increased workloads, while at the same time providing patients with top-level care.

According to data from the Well-being Index for Pharmacy Personnel (WBI), 31% of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who used the self-assessment tool are at risk of experiencing high distress. And those who risk experiencing high distress also have a twofold risk of making a medication error. Since the WBI was launched in 2019, more than 10,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists have assessed and reassessed their well-being and stress.

Practitioners may find these resources helpful:

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s (NABP) Mental Health & Well-Being Resources webpage. This webpage includes mental health self-evaluation tools like the WBI, courses to identify mental health crises, resources to find mental health support, and information to better understand burnout and mental health concerns.

Hope4Healers - In partnership with the NC Department of Health & Human Services and the NC Psychological Foundation:
A large volunteer force of licensed mental health professionals providing pro bono, confidential mental health support for healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and their families. The Hope4Healers Helpline number is 919-226-2002.