This year Mental Health Awareness month coincides with one of the most complex times in U.S. history, the Coronavirus pandemic.
This pandemic has not only impacted the physical health of so many, but also the mental and emotional health of our population, especially our caregivers on the front-line.
Many of us are experiencing anxiety and worry about the safety of ourselves, our colleagues, and our families, financial hardships, and forced isolation from others.
You are not alone. Everyone experiences challenges daily that have an impact on their mental health. All of us need a little help sometimes managing our stress and improving our psychological wellbeing.
Below is a guide outlining many different tools and resources available to support you, while maintaining a social distance from others.
Join the Our Healthy Lifestyle Microsoft Teams Page to virtually engage with your health coaches and colleagues about all things health and wellness. The health coaches provide:
- Weekly virtual stretch breaks for a quick break to decompress right at your desk.
- Daily postings with articles and information on topics ranging from fitness to managing stress and anxiety, meditation, healthy nutrition tips, and more.
- A virtual community supportive of the health and wellbeing of our caregivers.
We know taking care of others all day can make it tough for you to take care of yourself. That’s why in response to COVID-19, we're adding a new way for you and your household members to reach out for support.
You and each member of your household can use Talkspace to work with a therapist from just about anywhere. It’s free and secure for you to use. Talkspace can help you:
- Adapt to changes around COVID-19
- Manage stress and other issues
- Make time for self-care
- Process emotions your job may trigger
How it works: You and your household members can call today and any day until July 22 to get started with Talkspace.
1-800-701-0779 | TTY: 771
COVID-19 response is bringing a lot of changes to our lives, including stress and anxiety. Aetna’s Resources For Living has put together resources to help you cope during this challenging time. There are weekly webinar series, self-help assessments, and articles in the online resource center.
Resourcesforliving.com | Username: ChristianaCare | Password: EAP
Contact Care for the Caregiver (Vocera #1239) to receive peer support during COVID-19 regarding isolation, fear of contracting COVID-19, stigma about being a healthcare provider, burnout, etc. If you or a family member would like to speak with someone from the Behavioral Health team for 24/7 peer emotional support for COVID-related concerns, contact Care for the Caregiver (Vocera #1239) and include “BH team” in the message. Callers may remain anonymous.
Online Mental Health Screening (Click here for more details.)
Please note: online screening tools are meant to provide a quick snapshot of your mental health. Any findings are not a diagnosis, and if your results indicate that you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options and how to feel better.
Self-Help Podcasts to Give a Listen
(These podcasts are not intended to take the place of therapy or any other medical intervention, they are intended to provide support and encouragement as you work through the recovery process.)
Beyond the To-Do List – Host, Erik Fisher talks with guests on all aspects of productivity in order to reach the end goal of living a meaningful life.
Not Another Anxiety Show – Host, Kelli Walker interviews psychologists, doctors, and other experts to give listeners guidance and practical tips on managing the day-to-day struggles that come with living with all ends of the anxiety spectrum.
Grief Out Loud – Through expert tips from bereavement professionals and personal stories from the real people she interviews, host, Jana DeCristofaro brings awareness to the importance of talking about grief.
(Podcast list courtesy of www.verywellmind.com)
Additional Resources provided by the Center for Worklife Wellbeing:
Mindfulness for Caregivers - Hosted by the Center for Worklife Wellbeing – provides information, resources, and a community supportive of emotional wellbeing. Click here for more details.
OASIS Rooms: Visit one of the 10 OASIS rooms for a brief respite to pause, de-stress, and recover. OASIS rooms are a shared resource for all caregivers. Click here to find locations and directions for all rooms.
Wellbeing Texts: Text “CWW TEXT” to 56512 to receive daily wellbeing tips throughout the pandemic.