The COVID-19 pandemic has placed new levels of stress on health care professionals. Knowing how to spot signs and symptoms of stress is the first step to learning how to cope, build resilience, and get additional help if needed.
To support health care workers during this challenging time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has compiled these online resources:
- Health Care Professionals: Coping With Stress and Compassion Fatigue: This SAMHSA tip sheet guides health care professionals on how to identify the signs of stress, compassion fatigue, and distress in themselves and co-workers. It is also available in Spanish.
- Health Care Professionals: This web page from the National Alliance on Mental Illness lists a range of resources specifically for health care professionals to find professional support, peer support, and skills and tools to build resiliency.
- COVID-19 Pandemic Response Resources for Health Care Workers: The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has assembled a collection of resources about responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. A section on resources for health care workers features fact sheets about self-care for health care professionals, how to support health care workers’ families if they are exposed to COVID-19, and how to help concerned patients during the pandemic.