The Mental Health of Healthcare Workers during COVID-19; Resources and Support
Working within high stress environments is familiar for emergency room and intensive care staff. Frontline healthcare workers have been trained to maintain focus and perform complicated procedures while responding to gunshot wounds, heart attacks, and patients coding. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic introduces a new challenge, a chronic stress and pervasive uncertainty that threatens both the physical and mental health of frontline workers.
Now more than ever, it is important to make sure frontline workers address their fears and make sure to have strong coping strategies. Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all has provided resources to help address the stress and anxiety that burdens frontline workers and to help prevent burnout.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis and need help, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is open 24/7. Call us at 360-651-6400.