Resources for Care Providers
Caring for yourself is important when you're caring for others
Connecticut nurses, doctors, home health aides, personal care assistants, therapists, and family members who provide care for their loved ones are carrying so much right now. It can be hard to find time to care for yourself when you are caring for others, but it's important to check in with yourself and how you are feeling.
If the stress you are feeling is affecting your life, there are people and organizations that can help. Look into the resources below, or call 211 and ask about COACH to receive support for your well-being and self-care, at a time that works for you.
CHR Hero Hotline - 888-217-HERO
10 AM - 8 PM, Seven days a week | Community Health Resources' (CHR) Hero Hotline provides immediate assistance to anyone who is struggling with stress during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The Hero Hotline is specially designed for:
- Frontline heroes: healthcare providers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery providers and other essential employees.
- Family-members and friends of front line employees who are worried about their health and safety.
- Anyone who is grieving after losing a loved-one during the crisis.
- Anyone who is struggling during this crisis. We are all in this together and are all heroes as we help each other during this difficult time.
Are You Working to Help People Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic? (SAMHSA)
This flyer highlights key Psychological First Aid concepts and resources disaster responders and outreach workers may use when assisting individuals affected by the pandemic. It also provides resources for further assistance.
Psychological First Aid for First Responders (SAMHSA)
This fact sheet provides tips for emergency and disaster response workers to help disaster survivors cope with the psychological aspects of a traumatic event. It offers strategies for managing intense emotions and promoting a safe, calm environment.
Tips for Health Care Practitioners and Responders:
HELPING SURVIVORS COPE WITH GRIEF AFTER A DISASTER OR TRAUMATIC EVENT (SAMHSA)
This fact sheet provides Health Care Practitioners and Disaster Responders with guidelines for communicating with survivors experiencing grief.
Information for Healthcare Professionals
As a healthcare professional, you may face stress on the job under usual conditions due to long shifts, responsibilities, and seeing or hearing about difficult patient experiences. As a responder on the front lines of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be working even longer hours, with new requirements, seeing loved ones less, and working in a more stressful environment. At the same time, you may be coping with the mental health effects that all types of disasters, including public health emergencies, often have.
This is a challenging time for healthcare workers. There are resources that can help.
Information for Healthcare Professionals About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This helpful Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resource includes information about patient care, testing, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue
This SAMHSA tip sheet talks about stress and compassion fatigue, as well as signs of distress after a disaster. Learn ways to cope and find resources for more information and support.
Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Helpful ideas from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Resources for Nurses from the American Nurses Foundation
Nurses Together: Connecting Through Conversations
People can benefit from talking with other people going through similar experiences during times of crisis. Nurses looking to connect in a virtual, judgement-free space to support and talk with one another during these difficult times can join facilitated, nurse-to-nurse video calls that provide a safe space to talk openly about self-care and wellness, recovery and resilience, care dilemmas, bereavement, and more. See the schedule and register for upcoming conversations here.
The Well-Being Initiative
A suite of free tools and resources specifically designed to support nurse mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.