Wellness resources for faculty, staff and housestaff during COVID-19
Please see below a list of wellness resources available as we go through the uncertainty and emotional turmoil the COVID-19 pandemic is causing:
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine has added an additional support for students, residents and their spouses during the COVID – 19 epidemic – a Coping Clinic. This is a free service and does not count toward the usual allotted free visits per Academic Year. Our Health Psychology Residents will be staffing the “Coping Clinic” via virtual visits. The visits will be approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in duration and are scheduled through the Resident and Student Mental Health Services at the TOSA Center, 414-955-8933 for new requests and 414-955-8900, option #3 for additional visits. If you are struggling during these emotional and difficult times, please contact the Clinic and identify that you are looking to schedule a “Coping Clinic” appointment.
Virtual Peer-Led Support Sessions
MCW is offering FREE, virtual peer-led support groups for all faculty and staff to receive support, coping strategies, share worries, and remind us that we are not alone during this challenging time. The groups will be facilitated by a peer with training in behavioral health but are voluntary groups independent of the health plan.
Click here to view a set of groups with a day of the week and a specific time, and to register for a session. We encourage you to register to join one of the groups and meet throughout the upcoming weeks for ongoing and continuing support.
Peer Support Program
F&MCW has an established Peer Support Program. More information about that program is available at https://infoscope.mcw.edu/MCP-Medical-College-Physicians/Practice-Initiatives/Peer-Support-Program.htm
Department of Anesthesiology trained Peer Supporters are:
- Sheila Blogg, Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kate Spoltman, CAA, email@example.com
- Jennifer McMahon, Critical Care APP, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tracy Zundel, Critical Care Physician, email@example.com
Resources for providers
MCW offers numerous resources for providers, including provider-to-provider teleconsultation services, peer-to-peer support and additional resources for patients.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) also is available to all faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows by visiting www.guidanceresources.com or by calling 1-866-379-0237.
Headspace is offering free access to their meditation app (normally has a subscription fee) for physicians and residents. Only need an NPI number to access it. Here’s the link to that: https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19
Ten Percent Happier
A free six-month subscription to the Ten Percent Happier app, no strings attached, is being offered to all healthcare workers and volunteers. Healthcare workers should email the Ten Percent Happier folks at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send instructions on how to get access.
April Self-Care Calendar
Self-care isn’t selfish! Download a calendar with daily self-care suggestions for April.
Dr. Amin Azzam, an academic Psychiatrist at San Francisco Bay-Area Health Sciences Universities, created a nice list of resources available to help support mental health and well-being amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Coping with Stress, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19, CDC
- Taking Care of your Emotional Health, CDC
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies, CDC
- RedBook Online COVID-19 Outbreak page, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Q&A on coronaviruses, WHO
- Coronavirus & Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves during Infectious Disease Outbreaks, American Psychiatric Association
- Coronavirus & Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks Response, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)
- Taking Care of Your Family during Coronavirus – Fact Sheet, CSTS
- Research Information: Pandemics, American Psychological Association (APA)
- Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus, APA
- Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety, APA
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, National Public Radio
- Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus, The New York Times