Feelings of guilt or shame 

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Feelings of guilt or shame 

In the course of your professional duties you may be faced with difficult decisions that are not in keeping with your values or moral code. You may have to enforce social distancing rules during highly distressing times for families, or you may be unable to deliver the level of care that you would in normal times. This can lead to feelings of guilt or distress, which is sometimes described as moral injury.

Things that can help

Speak to your colleagues and teams if you feel able. It may be that many people are experiencing something similar. Be kind and compassionate to yourself, remembering that many things are outside of your control and that while this is difficult, it reflects what is necessary and possible in the current crisis. Remember that doing your best looks different under different circumstances.

For more information on moral injury and how to cope: Moral Injury

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