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Mental health, mental health, MENTAL HEALTH!

Posted By Kristi Sanger, Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

COVID-19 has hit its peak in many places and cases are on the decrease. From what I am hearing across the country, though, this decrease is not happening fast. Healthcare workers are overwhelmed, healthcare facilities are still near capacity and patients keep coming in. And there is still a risk of cases increasing again as we re-open the country. Reports of medical caregivers getting overwhelmed mentally are happening more and more frequently. There are reports from all across the country of increased substance and alcohol consumption. There are reports healthcare worker suicides.  Why are we failing to prevent this? There are some programs happening across the country aiming to train more people in Psychological First Aid.  Is there enough time to get enough people trained? Is it too late? Will this actually help those healthcare staff that have already endured such intense scenarios of overwhelming death? What really helps these folks mentally could be time away from the situation, but we can’t give them that. We need them too much. More hugs and smiles? 6 feet and masks....we can do neither. More time to socialize and talk through our stress... again, sheltering away and zoom isn’t the same. And what about the other medical professionals that aren’t in the hospitals or those that assist in healthcare but are not nurses and doctors? Are we providing mental health to our fire service? Our EMT’s? Our Long Term Care staff? Our environmental services staff? Our students? Our volunteers? Who else is helping that we’ve forgotten? I’m not sure this post has a lot of solutions but the problem weighs heavy on my mind. We need to protect our healthcare workers physically AND mentally. Or we won’t have anyone left by the end of this.

Please tell us what you are doing and help us learn from one another.

Tags:  Coronavirus  COVID-19  Mental Health 

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David Reddick says...
Posted Thursday, May 7, 2020
I'm a real fan of Psychological First Aid! We all need it, and plenty of it, I believe. When the CDC updated its POD Essentials workshop it added an entire section that dealt with PFA (wihtout calling it that) and I've used it since. I believe the more people who learn it and practice it, the better off we all will be. I wonder if there are ways we can do some sort of continuous learning. Ideas?
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