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The NLMA is proud to participate with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in providing a Wellness Support Line, which has been specifically tailored for physicians, learners and their immediate families to help them manage the stressors they’re facing.


The support line provides short-term, solution focused mental health support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not need to be a CMA member to access the Wellness Support Line.


The service is offered through Morneau Shepell and all calls are handled by a dedicated team of fully certified counsellorwith a minimum of Masters level training, specifically trained to address the unique needs and challenges faced by medical learners and physicians. The team is capable of providing immediate crisis counselling, conducting risk assessments and matching callers to appropriate service(s).


The Wellness Support Line replaces the NLMA's inConfidence Employee and Family Assistance Program (also offered through Morneau Shepell). For NLMA members who may be actively using the inConfidence program, the services and counselling will continue to be available until the individualized program is complete. 


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COVID-19 NLMA Member Peer Support Group


Dr. Archana Vidyasankar is currently hosting physician peer support group on Wednesdays. The physician peer support group is not intended as a counselling or psychiatry service, but to provide a safe place for colleagues to engage with their peers who are managing through a similar experience. Given the interactive nature of this group, space is limited. However, there is no obligation to speak or share during the meeting, and participants are free to simply listen if they so choose.


One-Time Registration

To register for the next meeting, and any subsequent Wednesday night meetings, please complete the following registration form. Note, you only need to register once for the series and there is no obligation to attend every session. Recent registrants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to join once they are approved, and all previously approved registrants will receive a reminder e-mail each Wednesday.

Please click the link below to register:

Dr. Archana Vidyasankar is a community Psychiatrist in St. John's, NL. She recently graduated from Memorial University's Psychiatry residency program. Dr. Vidyasankar has a focus on Perinatal Psychiatry and has been a key figure in developing community supports, education and advocacy in the area of Perinatal Mental Health. 



CMA Physician Health Resources






Canadian Psychological Association access to NL psychologists for front line providers 


The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has called on all registered psychology practitioners to consider donating some of their time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this health crisis. If a frontline health service provider would like to contact a psychologist, they can go to  where they will find a listing of psychologists who have volunteered to provide psychological services to them at no charge. The listing of psychologists is organized into province and territory. It is important that the provider chooses a psychologist who is on the list in the province or territory in which the provider is located. The psychologists on the listing have agreed to return calls for requests for service within 24 hours of their receipt. 




Other Resources


  • Frontline Provider Support Available from Kids Help Phone for all ages
    • Text FRONTLINE to 741741 to access free, confidential 24/7 mental health support
    • Wellness Together Canada web platform for free mental health and addictions support services for adults in Canada, 24/7.




  • Project Echo by CAMH & the University of Toronto -  Coping with COVID
    • ECHO Coping with COVID is designed for Hospital-Based Healthcare Providers and Residents responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are invited to join ECHO sessions virtually through multi-point videoconference technology to share and learn about ways to build resilience and overall wellness through didactic lectures and case-based discussions.







  • Watch Dr. Robert Maunder and Dr. Jon Hunter’s 7-minute video “Three steps to coping with anything (including COVID-19)”
    • Robert Maunder is the Head of Research in Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. Jon Hunter is the current Head of the Consultation-Liaison Program at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.




OMA Insurance Information for Members


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OMA Insurance - Clinic Staff Benefits Brochure

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