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The enormous stress that is being placed on the shoulders of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented stress levels among workers in hospitals, clinics and healthcare settings around the country.

Research coming from China shows that more than 70 percent of frontline workers experienced mental health symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Protecting healthcare workers’ mental health is vital during this pandemic. Otherwise, workers will not be able to provide care to those who need it. Mental health symptoms can range from difficulty concentrating to an inability to perform work activities. These issues can severely limit a healthcare worker’s ability to do their normal job. This is why it is so critical that healthcare employers’ help take care of their employees’ mental health before burnout creates serious barriers to care.

How do you, as a healthcare employer or organization, help your employees during this time?

Show Your Support

Encouragement is the first thing that’s needed. Stressed medical workers need to know that their employers recognize the intense strain that they are under. I’m not sure if you are familiar with Winston Churchhill’s famous speeches given during the second world war. If you aren’t familiar with these, then the first thing that you should do is read or listen to them. Churchill was a gifted orator who was able to lift people’s spirits and provide hope during the darkest of times. It’s time for leaders in the healthcare industry to conjure up their own Churchill moments in these dire times.

A great way to deliver inspirational speeches to your employees is via video. Video is cost-effective, engaging, and convenient. You can use it to reach all of your employees, including administrative staff who may be working from home. Plus, a video can be used as a resource that workers can access and refer back to on their own time.


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7:00 pm in New York ♥️ // Каждый день в 7:00 вечера Нью-Йорк раздаётся аплодисментами ♥️ ⠀ Люди выходят на балконы, высовываются из окон. Скорые начинают бибикать, а полицейские ритмично включают сирены. Все для того, чтобы выразить благодарность бойцам на фронте Всемирной войны. Войны с вирусом. ⠀ Да, Нью-Йорк перенял чудесную итальянскую традицию в определенное время хлопать и кричать в честь всех работников в медицинской сфере, которые сейчас, рискуя собственным здоровьем, помогают заразившимся. ⠀ Почему именно 7 вечера? Тут ответ простой: именно в это время происходит смена врачей. То есть одни врачи уходят из больницы на отдых, а другие наоборот проступают к работе. ⠀ Если честно, атмосфера этого момента была просто уникальная. Мне посчастливилось именно в семь быть недалеко от одной из крупных больниц на Манхэттене — недалеко от Центрального парка. И вот эта магия, когда весь город будто бы пронизан лучами благодарности — блин, я аж прослезилась 🙈 Но самое крутое — это то, как реагируют сами медработники ☺️ На лицах читается искренняя радость, будто бы их вдруг вызвали на красную дорожку Оскара. Врачи и медсестры — все машут руками, улыбаются, делают фото. ⠀ Так вроде бы удивительно просто — сказать спасибо. Даже аплодисментами. Но какой же силой обладают эти пара минут каждый день в 7 вечера ♥️

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Help Them Recognize Mental Health Symptoms

If medical workers don’t recognize the signs of mental health problems, they won’t seek help. Things like irritability, difficulty sleeping, trouble making decisions are all symptoms of various mental illnesses. However, workers may believe that it’s normal to have problems sleeping when they are stressed. They might believe that their trouble concentrating is from something else entirely. So, make sure you provide educational materials to help them recognize issues. These materials can also be disseminated through video. 

Encourage Self-Care

Numerous research studies have found that self-care is so important for all of us. Therefore, you must communicate to workers that their ability to care for others is dependent upon their willingness to take necessary breaks and stay on top of mental health. The following things can help stressed medical personnel: 

  • Self-monitoring and pacing.
  • Time for virtual check-in sessions with friends and family.
  • Brief intervals for relaxation, meditation and stress management.
  • Breaks for bodily care and nourishment.
  • Exercise and movement.

So, how can you encourage them to practice self-care? You might develop a support video that outlines the guidelines for scheduling these self-care practices into their schedule.

How 10x10 Studios Can Help

As New Yorkers, we feel a duty to help our neihbors in time of need.  We know how to create compelling video content that will get your employees’ attention. We offer many options for getting your message out there.

We can edit your self-taped recordings to create an informative slideshow for your employees to watch. Or, we can create training videos that you can use as invaluable resources to protect your healthcare workers. Our team will work with you fully remotely to get your video materials created as quickly as possible.

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