Dr. Lakshmi Yatham on CTV News to Discuss a New Collaboration Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Frontline Physicians


This week, Department Head Dr. Lakshmi Yatham and Dr. Andrew Clarke, Executive Director of the Physician Health Program, spoke with CTV News about the collaboration between UBC Psychiatry and the Physician Health Program, a service funded by Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health, to increase capacity and support by providing virtual mental health consultation for physicians, given an anticipated increase in demand for mental health care for frontline physicians dealing with increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The story also acknowledges the fantastic response the Department has received from our faculty members, many of whom swiftly answered the call to volunteer their services. The Physician Health Program is now getting in touch with each of them to coordinate a plan moving forward. A sincere thanks goes out to everyone who offered their help and support during these challenging times.

If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please contact Vicky Yau, Director of Administraton, at vicky.yau@ubc.ca for more information.


Physician Health Program: The Physician Health Program is available to physicians, residents, medical students and their families. Call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-663-6729 or visit their website for more information.

Read and watch the full CTV story here.

See Dr. Yatham’s Q & A related to this story in the Faculty of Medicine News here.