Windsor hospital staff seeking support for their mental health will soon be able to turn to upper-year University of Windsor psychology students for some free counselling.
The Caring For Our Caregivers project, which launches next week, is meant to help staff at Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare as they continue their efforts on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19.
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“One of the reasons I want to be a psychologist is to help people,” said Sanya Sagar, 31, a University of Windsor graduate student who initiated the project.
“Here we are, at the perfect time to help people. People really need it right now.”
Sagar approached Josee Jarry, director of the university’s Psychological Services and Research Centre, with the idea.
At first, the core team was to involve Sagar and her fellow graduate students, Healey Gardiner, Ashley Howard, and Noam Simon.
With a grant from the WE-SPARK Health Institute, the project has expanded to involve a total of 25 students in the university’s psychology program.