Physicians and other healthcare workers are at a heightened risk for other stressors in addition to COVID-19. Now more than ever, it is important to have resources to support and sustain mental well-being. We have gathered non-medical resources that may be helpful as we support each other through this.
COVID-19 Digital Mental Health Resources
NYC Well offers Digital Mental Health Resources and Classes for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The apps, many of which are well known, are separated by category: anxiety, depression, sleep, peer support, & recovery.
New York State (NYS) Free Emotional Support Hotline
Thousands of therapists have signed up to offer free emotional support to New Yorkers who are struggling with the mental health impact of this pandemic. Call the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider.
New York City (NYC) Well Talk.Text.Chat. 24/7
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
To help support you through this time of crisis, they are offering some meditations you can listen to anytime. These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
UCLA Mindfulness App
With this easy-to-use app, you can practice mindfulness meditation anywhere, anytime with the guidance of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Scientific research shows mindfulness can help manage stress-related physical conditions, reduce anxiety and depression, cultivate positive emotions, and help improve overall physical health and well-being.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Stress and Coping
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
American Medical Association (AMA) - Managing Mental Health During COVID19
During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is common for everyone to experience increased levels of distress and anxiety, particularly as a result of social isolation. Physicians and other frontline health care professionals are particularly vulnerable to negative mental health effects as they strive to balance the duty of caring for patients with concerns about their own well-being and that of their family and friends.
Managing Healthcare Workers Stress Associated with COVID19
The wellbeing and emotional resilience of health care workers are key components of maintaining essential health care services during the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak. Therefore, it will be crucial to anticipate the stresses associated with this work and put in place supports for health care workers. Monitoring and assessment of mental health and wellbeing of health care personnel will be important, along with efforts to ensure their successful reintegration with work colleagues, should they themselves become infected. Both institutional supports and self-care strategies are important.