Sometimes it helps just having a peer to listen. Other times, having professional mental health support is essential.
In spite of this, many health care professionals are reluctant to reach out for professional support. It may be due to concerns over what a colleague might think, or even because of a potential risk to their medical license. When you work hard to support the health of other people, it may be difficult to accept that you need support too.
However, everyone needs support sometimes. As accustomed as you may be to the demands of your job, there are many aspects of your work that can have a negative impact. When other forms of self-care and support aren’t enough, professional support can help.
Professional support that protects your privacy is available, and your mental well-being is important. You can access these services without concern for your career, and they are staffed with culturally-competent professionals – people who understand your line of work. Find the one that is right for you.
- Therapy Aid Coalition provides pro-bono therapy for frontline health care professionals, including individual and group support.
- The Emotional PPE Project connects health care professionals with licensed mental health professionals who can help. This service is free and does not require insurance.
- The Battle Within provides free therapy to medical personnel, first responders and veterans. Private therapists are available to work with individuals in crisis, or who are experiencing grief, anxiety, stress or trauma.
- 911 At Ease International provides access to free trauma-informed counseling for frontline responders and families, including first responders and emergency medical personnel.
You can also contact the NAMI HelpLine Monday through Friday between 10 am and 10 pm ET at 800-950-NAMI (6264) to access confidential support and resource referrals.
For immediate assistance, text “SCRUBS” to 741741 at any time.