Mental Health Resources for Frontline Workers

Posted on August 19th, 2020



2020: it’s not the year we expected. As our healthcare professionals deal with unprecedented moments of stress, as well as mental and physical fatigue, it’s important to be aware of the signs of issues like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress.

Even before the COVID-19 crisis swept the United States, almost half the physicians in the United States reported signs of burnout, with symptoms including losing passion for one’s work, a suffering job performance, insomnia or strong feelings of fatigue and work stress taking a toll on one’s physical well-being.

It’s important to know you are not alone! We’re highlighting several free or discounted resources available to healthcare workers seeking to support their mental health and overall wellness.

Practice Meditation and Mindfulness

The Headspace app promises “mindfulness for your everyday life”, with content promising to help you “stress less, move more and sleep soundly”.

Through 2020, Headspace is offering all US healthcare professionals working in public health settings free access. Redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. Nurses without an NPI can provide their organization information to verify credentials. Learn more on Headspace’s COVID-19 page.

The Balance app is another great resource, offering a personalized approach to mindfulness. Every day, the app will ask you questions about your meditation experience, goals, and challenges, then assembles meditations personalized for you from an extensive audio library.

Talk to a Professional - Virtually

The Talkspace app offers a virtual approach to mental health services. Through their industry-changing app, Talkspace connects you with a licensed therapist from the privacy of your device.

To support nurses, doctors, social workers and other healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic, Talkspace is offering a 50% discount off of the first month of services to its Unlimited Messaging Plus plan, which includes unlimited text, video, and audio messaging. To sign up, healthcare workers should register via the app (Google Play or App Store) or website by verifying with their NPI and state of residence.

Take a Self Care Course

To support nurses and the entire healthcare community, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has handpicked a package of free self-care courses to help professionals during and after the COVID-19 crisis. This collection offers free continuing education credits, focusing on topics like moral resilience, emotional and mental wellbeing, and “A Nurse's Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout”.

Find details at nursingworld.org.

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