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Aside from the physical and mental demands of their work, healthcare workers (HCWs) throughout Southeast Asia also face psychological and emotional challenges. These demands and challenges were unsurprisingly further exacerbated by the pandemic.
Despite the shortcomings of our healthcare systems, we, the public, saw how our HCWs valiantly stepped up into the frontlines. We have read about, or even experienced firsthand, the exemplary care and service that these HCWs unconditionally give their patients. Even though they must spend long hours on protective equipment, they also have to contend with the unique emotional and psychological upheavals courtesy of COVID-19. Many HCWs keep these challenges under wraps as few even choose, whether consciously or unconsciously, to keep their well-being on the back burner.
We are now increasingly realising, however, that neglecting one’s mental health will lead to more serious issues in the long run. As such, ASSIST's HERO-SEA Project aims to support our valiant HCWs and provide them the resources to sustain their health and well-being.
The HERO-SEA meets and exceeds the needs on the ground. Our three strategic principles will ensure that our targets HCWs are given tools and strategies for mental health support and training: