Crisis Matters Burnout

Crisis Matters is where to go if something is off and you need to do something - soon. Inside you’ll find resources and contacts in case you or somebody you know is dealing with depression, serious illness, abuse, substance misuse, or burnout. Remember, you don’t need to be certain that any of these are happening before you can find help; become informed and try to start the conversation early so things don’t escalate any further than they might have already. However, Vitals can only help you access these services, it cannot help you deal with crisis or emergency by itself. *If you or somebody you know feels unsafe or needs help right now – call 911!


Burnout is a complex issue and one that you are probably going to see often in health care, among both patients and professionals.  Fortunately, a lot of work has gone into discovering ways of protecting against burnout, as well as promoting recovery when it does happen.  Self-care – especially maintaining balance in one’s life – is a large part of avoiding burnout.  If you think that you or a colleague is displaying signs of burnout, take a moment to use a self-assessment tool. It can be hard to see certain changes in ourselves, so we all need to be on the lookout for each other. If a crisis does come up, the Learner Equity & Wellness staff and PARO helpline are always available to listen and provide support.


Self-assessment tools:

Anxiety & Depression self-assessment tool – Checkup From the Neck Up



  • Learner Equity & Wellness Office – 519-661-4234 (x84234)  (London).   519-253-3000 (x4302) (Windsor)
  • PAIRO 24 Hour Helpline – Helpline specifically for medical students, residents and their families. 1-866-435-7362
  • Good2Talk – Free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario. 1-866-925-5454
  • Physician Health Program – Free connection with case managers to assist with concerns about your own, a family member’s or a college’s wellbeing: 1-800-851-6606