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Mental Health Help for Nurses

During this unprecedented time, being a healthcare provider is an experience that no amount of experience or training could have fully prepared those expected to care for the nation. VNA and ANA have gathered resources to give suggestions on ways to care for yourself, because nurses deserve to pause and take a moment for their well-being.

The American Nurses Association recently created a new committee to explore mental health in nursing. The Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Strength Through Resiliency Committee 2020 examines, develops, and collects mental health resources for nurses, including those for suicide prevention. The Strength through Resiliency Committee is comprised of a Work Group and Review Committee.  The Committee was convened in late 2019 and began meeting in January, 2020.  It is composed of mental health subject matter experts, invested nurses, and ANA support staff. 

Learn more about the HNHN Strength Through Resiliency Committee and its available resources here!

Mental Health Resources for Nurses


  • If you or someone you know has thoughts about suicide or you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

  • Emotional First Aid: Managing Stress and Emotional Distress during (and after) COVID-19
    The Virginia Nurses Foundation, in collaboration with CCA, a human resources consulting firm, is offering five webinars to help nurses diffuse stress and build resilience. 
    Topics covered during the webinars wills include:
    o   Stress management and resilience 
    o   Secondary stress and compassion fatigue
    o   Coping with health concerns as a healthcare professional
    o   Practicing self-care for caregivers

    While the PowerPoint is the same in each of the five sessions offered, each interactive webinar will feature unique conversations incorporating what participants share throughout. Participants are welcome to attend once or multiple times, as desired. Mark your calendars! These webinars will be held from noon - 1:00 p.m. on August 6, 13, 20, 27, and September 3. 
    Register here

  • How to Survive the Pandemic with An Unbroken Spirit
    Actions to Take Right Now to Stay Strong and Focused
    Discover how to successfully manage your mental health needs while caring for COVID-19 patients. Nurses are tough but COVID-19 is challenging their toughness in new and unique ways. This webinar, part of the ANA COVID-19 webinar series, will help you survive this bleak and distressing time.

    Register here

  • Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation mental health tips and strategies
    During this unprecedented time of fear and stress, nurses are at high risk for mental health issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.  Help is available and you are NOT alone.

  • Frontline Wellness Virginia
    Resources and information in support of Virginia’s frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19.

  • ANA Webpage - Combating Stress
    Stress amongst nurses is one of the most underappreciated yet impactful issues nurses face. It surfaces in so many aspects of a nurse’s work and personal life. The emotional demands are boundless and the physical demands/fatigue can be burdensome. The ethical/moral stresses of the job are always in the back of nurses’ minds as well. And that’s not even taking into account how nurses try to “turn it all off” when they are home with families and friends. This stress often affects the health of nurses and sometimes even the outcomes of patients and patient care. Furthermore, it undermines nurse retention rates and can even hurt the financial well-being of healthcare organizations.

  • ANA COVID-19 Resource Center - Mental Health and Well-being
    Coping mentally and emotionally with the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone, but even more so for nurses. Find resources and support.

  • The Tapping Solution App
    These Tapping Meditations will help you release your anxiety so you can support your immune system, feel more at peace, and empowered to take any steps necessary to protect yourself. Please take some time to tap and share with others who need it!
    (The first 6 months for healthcare providers are free!)

  • The Code Green Campaign
    The Code Green Campaign® is a first responder oriented mental health advocacy and education organization. Also known as Code Green, we serve all types of first responders. This includes firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, police, corrections, air medical, and search & rescue. Our name is a combination of the color for mental health awareness (green) and the “code alerts” used in emergency services. If someone is having a stroke or heart attack first responders will call a “code stroke” or “code STEMI”. The idea is that Code Green is calling a code alert on the mental health of first responders.

  • Nurse Champions Compassionate Culture with 'The Pause' - article
    It's no surprise when leaders are lauded for action that moves an organization forward. But Jonathan B. Bartels, RN, BSN, CHPN, palliative care liaison nurse at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, is being credited for encouraging others to be still. Bartels' concept of "The Pause," where care teams take about a minute after a patient's death to stop and honor the life that has left them, has garnered national and international interest. 

  • 5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain - Handout
    Here are five steps you can take to help someone in emotional pain.