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Stephanie Levy is a licensed therapist to the first responder community. She joins Cardium Podcast to talk about mental health for healthcare workers during COVID-19.

Healthcare Workers and Mental Health: The Impact of COVID-19

June 24, 2020

GUESTS: Stephanie Levy

Stephanie Levy received her master’s degree in social work and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. Stephanie has been a therapist for the past 17 years and for the past 7 years focused her practice on first responders. Integrating into the first responder community and receiving specialized training has allowed her to connect with first responders and serve them better. Currently Stephanie serves on the board of trustees for the First Responder Support Network and works as a lead clinician at their West Coast Post-Trauma Retreats. She has worked to bring the retreats to the Midwest to better serve first responders in this region. Stephanie is the Director of the First Responder Support Team which is part of the First Responder Foundation.

Healthcare professionals face the unknown every day. But if you’re on the front lines of COVID-19, you’re experiencing a crisis that may push your limits physically and emotionally. We talk candidly with Stephanie Levy, a therapist to first responders, who walks us through what nurses, respiratory therapists, and others need to know about maintaining one’s mental health in times of trauma, how to manage, and when it’s time to reach out and seek help.

During the episode, we cover:

  • What nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals who are on the front lines of COVID-19 are experiencing mentally and emotionally
  • Noticing the signs of trauma and what isn’t normal
  • What is PTSD and the relationship to the pandemic
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Building resiliency and finding your baseline
  • Signs a healthcare professional should recognize when it’s time to seek help
  • Stigma and the barriers to reaching out
  • Talking with peers and where to start
  • How to approach a peer who is struggling
  • Connecting with your travel company or recruiter about your benefits and what may be available to you.
  • Going forward post pandemic and the long-term impact on mental health.

Be sure to reach out to your employer to inquire what employee assistance programs for mental health support may be available to you.

Support groups:

Articles and resources:

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Talkspace is offering 50% off to healthcare workers for first month of services:

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