Mental and Emotional Well-being and Stress
If you have a mental health condition, maintain your therapy and any prescription medicine schedule and watch for effect of stress for adjustments when needed.
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Financial/Employment Related Stress
Conversation Tips to Help Support a Colleague
Whether you’re isolated or actively working, reach out within your personal network of family, friends, colleagues, and members of your community. Mental health professionals recommend seeking emotional support such as from peers or self-help groups. Your peers are colleagues in your workplace or CRNA or other healthcare friends, near and far. Talk about your COVID-19 feelings and fears and listen to each other. Share reliable information and resources, and how you’re finding balance in this stressful time.
- Let your colleague share their experience.
- Listen, be patient, and allow for silence.
- Express appreciation for sharing.
- Tell them you care about them.
- Reflect, interpret, and summarize.
- Honor their feelings.
- Discuss some coping strategies.
- Do they have a support system? Is it accessible?
- Share resources or ideas.
- Verify if they are going to be okay, when in doubt talk about sources for professional help.
- If you feel they are at risk of self-harm, ask directly if they are thinking about suicide.
- If the response is yes, take them seriously. Ensure someone is with them and aware of their thoughts. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741
Sources: Betsy Lehman Center, How to Support A Colleague; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: When Someone is at Risk
Talk with Someone: When to Seek Professional Help
When feelings or symptoms affect your ability to function, seek professional advice and therapy. Options include:
If thoughts turn to harming yourself, call American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s HOTLINE: 800-273-TALK. See also www.afsp.org/covid-19
Healthcare Leadership Support for Clinician Well-being
Substance use disorder (SUD) and COVID-19's potential influence:
- COVID-19 stress and isolation can be an impetus for over use of alcohol or other drugs.
- For those in active substance use disorder, forced abstinence resulting from the close of bars and liquor stores or lack of access to opioids, can trigger potentially life-threatening withdrawal.
- For individuals in addiction recovery, multiple challenges and new roadblocks are created through changes affecting in-patient treatment and lack of in-person peer recovery support programs:
For alcohol/other drug related concerns, please see www.AANA.com/AboutPeerAssistance and know help if available when needed: Reach out to the AANA Peer Assistance Helpline 800-654-5167 for 24/7 live confidential s
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