Provide support to healthcare workers affected by COVID-19

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During the pandemic, health care workers faced stress levels that go beyond concern for their health and the health of family and friends. They also had to cope with providing care to critically ill and dying patients, many of whom may not have been able to help, especially in the early stages of the pandemic.

With the help of Commonwealth Medicine, DPH is making a curated list of resources available to help healthcare professionals who may be dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder due to the events that occurred during this unprecedented time. The resources collected are mostly free, confidential and available to healthcare professionals and all others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources include tools such as COVID Coach, An app also available in Spanish, which supports self-care and general mental health with trackers to control mood and mental health over time. Another called CrewCare is designed for first responders and includes a tool for assessing stress load and the ability to compare individual results to industry averages. Originally created for suppliers dealing with military personnel, the Vendor resilience app copes with burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress experienced by healthcare professionals and other providers.

The website also lists consulting resources, help lines, emergency phone numbers for emergencies, and a variety of resources and materials.

To learn more or to share with a healthcare professional, visit the site at www.mass.gov/dph/mentalhealthsupport. We encourage anyone who needs help to contact us to get the support they need.

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