Resiliency and Wellness Initiative

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The E Change

Healthcare workers encounter short- and longer-term stressors during nearly every incident that requires patient care. What is different about a pandemic, however, is the duration of the incident (ongoing) and the threat it poses to mental health.

Strategies to Combat the Coronavirus Blues

This document summarizes the contents of a three-part resource guide titled, “Mind Over Matter, Strategies to Help Combat the Coronavirus Blues.” The goal of this guide is to share information with college and university campus communities about ways to help combat COVID-19 fatigue and promote general wellness, both during and after the pandemic.

Suicides Among First Responders: A Call to Action

The recent Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention” highlighted suicides as a significant public health problem. In 2019, there were 47,500 suicide fatalities in the U.S. and an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts[1]. The causes of suicide are complex, with many personal, socio-demographic, medical, and economic factors playing a role. One potential risk factor is occupation and several occupations appear to be at higher risk for suicide, including first responders[2].

COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resources

The federal government is taking steps to protect American’s physical and behavioral health in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The resources in this collection were created by federal agencies and their partners to help healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general population prepare for and manage the negative behavioral effects that can accompany a public health emergency.

For more information or to submit articles to be posted please reach out to: 

Joe Schmider
State EMS Director
Texas Dept. of State Health Services

Leslee Stein-Spencer, RN, MS
Program Manager