COVID-19

The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) would like to update members about the steps it is taking in light of national and international health authorities’ notice of best practices regarding the COVID-19 outbreak to limit the risk of transmission, protect members and ensure the health and safety of staff.

CPA Head Office
Serving our members remains a priority. At this time staff are working remotely in an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and are available to help you with any needs you may have. While staff will access their voice messages on a regular basis during normal working hours (e.g., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET), to serve you best we ask CPA members to also provide an email address where they can be reached.

CPA will follow the advice of public health agencies and return to normal business operations when it is appropriate and safe to do so.

In the meantime, here is a list of key CPA contacts:
• Membership services: membership@cpa-apc.org
• Annual Conference: conference@cpa-apc.org
• Continuing professional development: cpd@cpa-apc.org
• All other inquiries: cpa@cpa-apc.org

Upcoming CPA Activities
Upcoming in-person meetings of the CPA Board as well as the CJP Editorial Board that were planned for early April have been cancelled in favour of virtual meetings.

At this time, there is no plan to cancel the annual conference, though the CPA is exploring options in the event that the situation does not improve by the early fall.

The 2020 International CPD conference was cancelled last month due to what were then continuous and unpredictable changes in travel restrictions and port closures related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mental Health Concerns and Resources
We understand that this situation may be causing concern to you and your loved ones. Please follow the advice of reputable authorities such as the World Health Organization and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and stay abreast of any provincial or institutional guidelines that may apply to you.

The WHO has developed resources that are relevant to health care providers, including a guide to preventing and addressing social stigma, as well as a guide to field workers on psychological first aid. On Mar. 12, the WHO issued technical guidance on mental health considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee has presented a psychosocial considerations of COVID-19 document.

This is an exceptional and quickly developing situation. The CPA will continue to monitor updates from Canadian and international health authorities and will keep members informed if our procedures need to change. Thank you for your continued support as we work together through this rapidly changing situation.

Yours sincerely,
Georgina Zahirney, MDCM, FRCPC, DÉSS
President

Pamela Forsythe, MD, FRCPC, DFCPA
Board Chair

Katie Hardy
Chief Executive Officer