PA Students: How’s Your Mental Health?
Upcoming Webinar Will Help You Navigate Challenges of PA School
August 8, 2021
Mental health affects everyone, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated issues of burnout and disconnection. For well over a year now, PA students have faced additional challenges on top of already rigorous and stressful PA programs. Mental health has never been more important, but it’s easy to put mental health lower on your to-do list than, say, study for your next exam.
Stephanie Neary, MPA, MMA, PA-C, and Chris Roman, PA-C, aim to change your outlook on the importance of mental health with their upcoming webinar: Putting on the Oxygen Mask: The Importance of Taking Care of Your Mental Health to Succeed in PA School. On Aug. 24, 2021, Neary and Roman will lead an interactive discussion that will not only teach you about mental health indicators you may be ignoring – or inadvertently missing – but allow you the opportunity to connect with your PA school peers and share your personal experiences.
For PA students, mental health education is two-fold. As COVID-19 continues to impact us daily, we must all make our mental health a priority. With the additional stressors of PA school, this is especially important for PA students. Additionally, as future frontline healthcare providers, PA students will be in a position to advise their patients on mental health. Learning about mental health indicators, developing the tools to address your own mental health, and that of your peers, and getting comfortable addressing these topics now, will only help you in your PA career.
AAPA offers additional tools and resources to help support your mental health in our PA Burnout Resource Center. Compiled with PAs and PA students in mind, you can find news, webinars, and other external resources that will help you maintain your well-being. If you are in crisis, we encourage you to seek professional support.