Professional Wellness Initiative
Health care workers of all kinds and at all levels provide essential care and support to our New England population. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this workforce has been called upon to work harder and longer to ensure that we are all able to continue accessing health care services, often, putting their physical and mental health and well-being on the line. Now, after more than a year of working within this crisis and managing the same types of personal challenges we all have, healthcare workers are experiencing higher levels of stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout. This added burden puts them at risk for stress-related medical conditions and mental health and substance use problems, as well as increased risk for leaving the helping professions altogether.
At the New England MHTTC, we have developed a series of virtual offerings and products to help support the well-being of all members of the health care workforce. Our events and products aim to support health care workers throughout New England with access to evidence-based information related to wellness topics, trauma, and stress, which includes:
- resources on developing and maintaining self-care and wellness strategies related to stress, burnout, trauma, physical health, mindfulness, and others
- opportunities for social/peer support
- best practices for and exemplars of organizational well-being
- culturally specific and responsive well-being strategies
- faith and spirituality- related resources and events
Demystifying the Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 4 pm EST
Products and Resources
Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use Providers during the crisis created by COVID-19 is imperative. This webinar focused on how providers are coping and how to best support this critical segment of the workforce. It discussed how hopelessness, fatigue, stress, trauma, and social distancing are impacting the well-being of mental health and substance use practitioners. Presenters highlighted the need to practice self-compassion, holistic wellness, and self-care as essential strategies to deal with compassion fatigue, burnout. Supportive strategies and techniques to increase connection are discussed. This product was created in collaboration with the New England ATTC.
This toolkit is designed to help guide conversations to include a trauma-informed, equitable, and compassionate lens to providing mental health supports to every member of the school community. Because we will all return to school as different people than when we left, caring leaders are seeking to support each other in turning our tragedies into growth, recognizing the joys amongst the ongoing and profound difficulties, and re-establishing school communities to serve everyone, with greater justice and equity.
These are overwhelming times. Stress, anxiety, fear, loss, and grief – all part of ordinary life – are exponentially heightened in this time of the pandemic. How do we name what we’re experiencing? How do we stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit? How do we keep gentleness and compassion alive for ourselves and others?
This Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) resource guide shares results of the reflective conversations the New England MHTTC has had with C-TLC Fellows - a unique group of district leaders, educators, and school-based mental health professionals with whom the New England MHTTC has built a sense of trust and community over the past 18 months.
As agency leaders, directors, and supervisors, how do we stay grounded and focused during these turbulent times? How do we bring forth our humanity and strengths to support employees? What challenges/learning opportunities are staff experiencing? What do they need? How do we listen and respond well? Join us in identifying principles and practices to help staff adapt and thrive in this extraordinary period of our lives.
The MHTTC Network Provider Well-Being website offers a variety of resources for mental health providers from all the regional MHTTC centers that are updated often.