Mental Health Stress and Coping Strategies Among Healthcare Workers at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital

Abstract The outbreak of COVID-19 in China through to the declaration by the World Health Organization as it being a health emergency has seen a variety of healthcare personnel at the forefront in the fight against the virus. There has been increase demand of healthcare workers to do more leading to increase workload which has the potential to increase the stress of healthcare professional thereby negating their mental health. The purpose of the study is to determine the effect of stress on the mental health of the healthcare workers and the their coping strategies in the era of COVID-19. A descriptive cross-sectional study design was used to collect data on mental health stress among the healthcare workers and their coping strategies during the era of COVID-19. Data was collected from 138 clinicians using a self-administered questionnaire. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and results presented in the form of frequency tables and percentages and figures. Findings of the work showed clinicians are aware of the causes of stress among health workers, its impacts on them and how to deal with the stress. The attitude of the staff can generally be considered to be good with good stress coping strategies that can be associated with their educational qualification, working experience and motivational levels.

Keywords: Mental Health, Coping, Strategies, Coronavirus, Nurse

[Cite as: Ani-Amponsah, M., Awuni, S. A., Empalba, M. Y., Haruna, B. F., Atanga, R., and Imoro, M. A. (2020). Mental Health Stress and Coping Strategies Among Healthcare Workers at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital. Diverse Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 2, Issue 6, Pages 48-60.]