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Caring for the Caregivers: Resources to Support Positive Mental Health for Healthcare Workers

Whether you’re a healthcare worker yourself or have a healthcare worker in your life that you’re thinking about, having open conversations around mental health promotes stronger and more supportive environments for healthcare providers and their patients.

Healthcare workers play a vital role in society, devoting their skills and compassion to care for others. However, the demanding nature of their work can take an understandable toll on their mental health and well-being. There is a disproportionate amount of stress and burnout connected to the field and it can make them more vulnerable to everything from anxiety, depression and insomnia to post-traumatic stress disorder and even suicidal thoughts and actions. Before they can care for us, they need to care for themselves.

Whether you’re a healthcare worker yourself or have a healthcare worker in your life that you’re thinking about, having open conversations around mental health promotes stronger and more supportive environments for healthcare providers and their patients. Here are a few of the many ways to give back to our community’s caregivers, from little acts to life-changing support.

Where to Find Support

If you are looking for ways to grow your support system or offer helpful resources for a loved one, learn more about how to best identify and pursue beneficial support for mental healthcare.

  • Professional Associations: Sometimes the only people who understand what you go through is someone that’s walked in your shoes. Healthcare professionals can turn to a variety of associations related to their field for support. These organizations often provide resources, networking opportunities, and forums where members can discuss mental health challenges and seek guidance specifically for healthcare workers. The National Alliance of Mental Illness is an excellent example of a community that is committed to supporting healthcare workers in their mental health journey.
  • Support Groups: Joining community support groups specifically designed for healthcare workers can be immensely beneficial. These groups offer a safe space for individuals to share their experiences, exchange coping strategies, and find solace in knowing they are not alone. Local hospitals, clinics, and community centers may facilitate such support groups, or they may be available online. State health departments, like the one in Minnesota, can also assist in pointing to local and regional resources.
  • Mental Health Services: Accessing mental health services within the community is crucial for healthcare workers. Therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists can provide personalized support and therapy tailored to address the unique challenges faced by healthcare professionals. Many communities have mental health clinics, counseling centers, or private practitioners specializing in healthcare workers’ mental health.
  • 24/7 Support Lines: Nobody wants to think of the worst-case scenario, but difficult times happen to everyone and in the moments where time is of the essence, there are amazing resources available to help anyone in need. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.

Herzing University's Commitment to Mental Health Support

Herzing University is dedicated to the overall well-being of its students, including those pursuing healthcare careers. Herzing recognizes the unique challenges healthcare workers face and offers the following resources to support mental health:

  • Student Services: Herzing Student Services is a vital support system that prioritizes the overall well-being of students, including their mental health. With a strong commitment to student success, Herzing Student Services offers a wide range of resources and assistance to ensure that students have a positive and fulfilling educational experience, contributing to a healthy mental attitude.
  • Personal Counseling Sessions: Herzing University offers 3-5 free counseling sessions to students with our on-staff wellness counselors. The Counseling Team offers support for academic and personal obstacles, as well as assistance with referrals to local mental health providers.

There’s no shame in asking for help for yourself or someone you love. Prioritizing mental health is essential for healthcare workers to continue delivering high-quality care. Herzing University stands as a pillar of support for those who have committed their lives to supporting others. By having these conversations, we can collectively nurture a healthier and happier environment for us all to thrive in. 

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2022 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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