One of the greatest skills that healthcare workers learn through on the job experience is categorization. Having the ability to separate the current moment’s stress and ongoing crisis from one’s functionality on the job can help doctors and nurses treat patients while maintaining their composure. Not only does this help patients and families remain calm during tense moments, but this compartmentalization helps healthcare workers do their important work without distraction or second-guessing.
However, eventually, the extreme emotions that come with trauma must be allowed to float to the surface, and once released, can roar forth and leave an individual in a difficult and dangerous mental state. For some, the stress and overwhelming emotional toll of the healthcare field can lead to dangerous places – with some having chosen to end their own lives due to their experiences and stress-related mental illnesses.
Having the proper resources to help frontline workers handle difficult situations mentally, spiritually, and physically is vital in the ongoing fight to keep essential, skilled professionals on the frontlines – especially during a global health crisis such as the one brought by COVID-19.
As part of our ongoing mission to help equip and encourage healthcare professionals, read on for a list of resources to help bring hope and healing in the midst of difficult situations.
Resources For Self-Compassion, Hope, and Overcoming Shame
- Self-Compassion with Kristen Neff – a website featuring associate professor of educational psychology Kristen Neff, featuring helpful information and tips for building practices in daily life that encourage forgiveness and self-compassion.
- Virtual Hope Box– an app built by the Department of Veterans Affairs that uses pictures, sound recordings, and videos to help those who deal with mental illness due to trauma recenter themselves when they face moments of despair and contemplate suicide.
- The Shame Conversation– an online project focused on helping frontline professionals process the shame and self-loathing that can come with experiences of failure, mistakes, and loss during various elements of healthcare vocation.
Telephone Support Lines
- Project Parachute – a support line that offers free teletherapy services to healthcare workers who need immediate access to mental health help.
- Physician Support Line – a call line that is run by volunteer psychiatrists standing by to help frontline workers with confidential counseling services. Available at 1 (888) 409-0141 from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. EST.
- For the Frontlines – a free crisis hotline that runs daily. Individuals may reach the line by texting FRONTLINE to 741741 any time, 24/7.
General Support Sites & Applications
- CovidMentalHealthSupport.org – featuring a full database of free crisis services. You can search the full listing by your location, needs, vocation, and much more.
- American Medical Association– the association’s website is constantly being updated with new information regarding overcoming common mental health issues related to healthcare service including specifics regarding COVID-19.
- Headspace & 10 Percent Happier– The meditation apps Headspace and 10 Percent Happier offer free and reduced access to premium offerings for frontline healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Our passion and mission are to equip healthcare and medical professionals to serve our world with the skills and expertise only they can provide. To do that, we need a healthy and supported frontline. In this ongoing war, Apollo is continuing to offer helpful content that can help you access needed services like the ones listed above. To find more great content like this, check out Apollo online.