Mental Health and Resiliency Tools for Health Care Workers: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reviewing the CDC guidance and will make recommendations over the next few days. We will update all documents to reflect any changes.

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Mental Health and Resiliency Tools for Health Care Workers: COVID-19

Tools and resources for health care leaders and workers to deal with common mental, emotional, and psychological concerns they have because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

High demand for medical services over a long period of time puts particular stress on health care settings and staff. This may cause staff shortages as workers get sick or stay home because of stress and anxiety, or for other reasons.

Many things about COVID-19 are still unknown. Health care workers risk infection to care for patients and residents who have this new disease. It is important to actively listen to, understand, and respond to their concerns, which can include:

  • Working without needed personal protective equipment or safeguards.
  • Witnessing human suffering.
  • Making life and death decisions.
  • Fear of infecting family members.
  • Separation from family.
  • Fear of getting sick.
  • Mental exhaustion.

Consider making the following strategies part of your mental health and wellness plan. Print the handouts to post in your building and to share with your team.

Address anxieties and concerns

Identify and acknowledge the most common concerns of health care workers. This can help leaders take thoughtful steps toward addressing the concerns. Review the documents below to learn more about these common sources of stress and what can be done about them.

What leaders can do

Learn how to make a mental health plan. These resources outline how to communicate with your team and take the first steps to address common causes of stress and anxiety.

Self-care and finding support

These handouts offer steps health care workers can take to manage their own stress, from everyday acts of self-care to finding professional mental health support. Leaders should print these documents and give them to workers, or post where staff can see them.

More tools and resources

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  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    Get help during a disaster with the related stress, anxiety and depression. The national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration telephone hotline is open 24 hours a day, every day.
  • "COVID Cares" support services
    Minnesota health care workers can get help managing stress and emotions during difficult times. These 20-minute calls are safe, anonymous, and private between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Crisis Text Line
    Minnesota crisis services are available 24 hours a day, every day.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call the hotline 24 hours a day, every day for free, private help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Updated Wednesday, 02-Dec-2020 18:24:30 CST