We would like to thank Colorado Spirit Counselor, Ivette Ceballos, for writing this week’s content in both English and Spanish.
The pandemic has emphasized how important healthcare workers are in our lives. COVID-19 has impacted all of us and it has caused an overwhelming amount of stress and burnout on healthcare workers. The Colorado Spirit Team at AllHealth Network would like to remind all healthcare workers that we see you, we hear you, and we value all your hard work.
For this week’s post, we want to speak a little to those who are not working as healthcare providers. As we all acknowledge that healthcare workers are extremely busy right now we want to share a few ways in which YOU can support a healthcare worker in your life.
Say “thank you”
A quick thank you can go a long way. Consider writing a letter or sending a quick text message to a healthcare worker you know. If you have children, ask them to get crafty and make a special thank you card. Social media is also a great way to give a healthcare worker a shout out for all they do. If you’d like to send a digital thank you visit https://form.jotform.com/200867039342152 , where you can send a personalized message. Expressing our gratitude for their amazing work can have a positive impact on healthcare workers’ days!
Run errands or deliver food
Healthcare workers have long shifts and are most likely exhausted by the end of the day. If you have extra time check in with them and ask if there are any errands you could run. You may also consider ordering/delivering food so they don’t have to worry about figuring out what to cook when they get home. Taking small pressures off their plate, like errands and cooking, can be a huge relief.
Be with and do with
Healthcare workers are being faced with high amounts of stress and could benefit from a listening ear. If you are in a space and have the capacity to sit and listen to them, consider offering that support. You can also offer to do things with them. Taking your healthcare worker friends out for a walk, a movie at the theater, or a lunch date can make them feel supported. It also offers a break from work and a chance to have fun.
We all know you cannot pour from an empty cup. Healthcare workers put their patients first and self-care can be last on their checklist. Self-care is essential for their well-being. It is crucial that we encourage the practice of self-care like getting quality sleep and eating nutritious meals. Ask a healthcare worker how you can help and facilitate their self-care practices.
Follow guidelines and protocols
A big part of supporting our healthcare workers is following CDC guidelines and state protocols. Doing our part to stay safe and healthy plays a huge role. Stay home if you are sick and avoid large gatherings when you can. It is important we continue to practice these guidelines to ease the stress and overwhelm healthcare workers are facing.
Check out these resources for more information and ideas on how you can support a healthcare hero:
- Consider sharing our Colorado Spirit listening line, 720-707-6789. We provide a listening ear, help with stress management, or we can connect you with resources.
- Six Way to Help a Healthcare Hero
- 8 Ways You Can Support a Healthcare Hero
- How to Support Hospitals and Health Care Workers this Holiday Season
- NAMI – Health Care Professionals
If speaking to someone would help, please reach out.
AllHealth Network provides several supports:
- To speak with someone in the Colorado Spirit Program about stress related to the pandemic, please call 720-707-6789 or visit our webpage at allhealthnetwork.org/Colorado-Spirit
- For information about other services at AllHealth Network or to get connected with ongoing behavioral health support, please call 303-730-8858. AllHealth Network is continuing to provide service via telehealth or by phone and our Crisis Walk-in Center remains open 24/7. To learn more about what other community mental health centers are doing, please visit: https://www.cbhc.org/covid-19-info/
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and are in need of immediate assistance, please call the Colorado Crisis Hotline at 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or text TALK to 38255