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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).
  • ANA Suicide Prevention & Resilience Resource Site
    National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is observed in September, but the need for awareness and resources is not bound by time or date. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is committed to meeting the needs of nurses by offering a NEW Nurse Suicide Prevention and Resilience Resource Site.

    Research indicates that nurses are at a much higher risk of suicide than the general public. During this unprecedented time, nurses are struggling with mental health issues like fear, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress as they respond to COVID-19 and continue to care for all patients. Effectively managing these mental health issues are essential in nurse suicide prevention.

    ANA’s Resilience and Nurse Suicide Prevention Resource Site provides information and tools to:
    ·       Build resilience
    ·       Assist in active crisis
    ·       Support suicide survivors
    ·       Offer grief and bereavement coping strategies
    ·       Honor a nurse’s memory

    We encourage all nurses to check out the site, bookmark the pages, and share the resources with a colleague or a friend in need. 


  • The Happy Movement
    Happy is proud to partner with the American Nurses Foundation to support nursing professionals as part of the Well-being Initiative. As a nurse, you know empathy, listening and connecting make all the difference. You also know even nurses need the same support, especially during this pandemic. If you ever find yourself needing to talk with someone after a challenging shift, to relieve yourself of stressful thoughts and concerns, or to rebuild your resilience with emotional support, the Happy App Warm Line can help. Our incredible Support Givers are available to you 24/7, on demand to hear your story.

  • 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.

  • 2-3 minute lessons on deep breathing (Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates)

  • PTSD Coach (Not just for PTSD!)

  • Mindfulness coach

  • CBT-I Coach (CBT for insomnia)