Help is Here: Healthcare & Behavioral Health Providers

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If you work in a healthcare setting and are experiences additional stress because of the COVID-19 pandemic, call “Reach For Resilience” at 701.365.4920 to be connected with a mental health expert who can provide support and resources 24/7.

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Coping with Stress

Providing care to others during the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to stress, anxiety, fear, and other strong emotions. How you cope with these emotions can affect your well-being, the care you give to others while doing your job, and the well-being of the people you care about outside of work.

Recognize the Symptoms of Stress you may be Experiencing

  • Feeling irritation, anger, or denial
  • Feeling uncertain, nervous, or anxious
  • Feeling helpless or powerless
  • Lacking motivation
  • Feeling tired, overwhelmed, or burned out
  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Having trouble concentrating

The emotional toll it takes to respond to COVID-19 may lead to experiencing secondary traumatic stress. Secondary traumatic stress is stress reactions and symptoms resulting from exposure to another individual’s traumatic experiences, rather than from exposure directly to a traumatic event.

Ways to Reduce Secondary Traumatic Stress Reactions

  • Acknowledge that secondary traumatic stress can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
  • Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt)
  • .Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
  • Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
  • Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.
  • Learn more tips for taking care of yourself during emergency response.

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ND Critical Incident Stress Management Team (cooperating with the Chaplains Community Service Program)

The North Dakota Department of Health (DoH) administers a critical incident stress management (CISM) system in order to provide assistance in developing healthy stress-coping mechanisms.

This free resource can be activated by calling State Radio at 800.472-2121 seven days a week, 24 hours a day (page unit 6501).

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Preventing Suicide

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved one. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Find more information here - Suicide Prevention: How to Help a Loved One