Since the onset of the pandemic, healthcare workers have faced an elevated risk of stress, burnout and other mental health challenges. To uplift the morale and mental wellbeing of our team, St Luke’s Hospital Health and Wellness Committee rolled out a series of initiatives to support and encourage staff through these challenging times.
Through various initiatives, the team aims to enable employees to foster better health habits and achieve optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing. The ‘Me 2.0’ initiative challenges colleagues to monitor and record their habits for sleep, diet and physical exercise and support one another through videos, words of encouragement and photos in a group chat. The top three participants with the most improved habits were rewarded with prizes.
Another initiative, ‘Dear Diary’, serves as a platform where employees can share their concerns virtually, and receive help where needed.
Other activities include virtual health talks on stress management and overcoming insomnia, mental health screening for staff by family medicine doctors, fruit days and even virtual workshops such as cooking, drawing and tea brewing to help staff take their mind off work.
St Luke’s Hospital Health and Wellness Committee was awarded the Best Team Merit Award at the Singapore Health Quality Service Awards (SHQSA) ceremony on 8 February 2022.
Organised by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre since 2011, the SHQSA awards and celebrates the exemplary efforts of healthcare professionals in improving patient experience.