Southeast MHTTC Provider Wellbeing
The behavioral health workforce functions in a wide range of prevention, health care, and social service settings providing crucial care to individuals and families in high-stress environments. The on-going pandemic has exacerbated the stressors and challenges mental health providers and organizations encounter. Providers are at an increased risk of experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue; organizations are faced with challenges around workforce recruitment and retention. The end result diminishes provider and organizational capacity to provide highly effective care.
The Southeast MHTTC understands the need for wellness approaches at various levels -- the provider/clinician level and at the organization/systems level. We are devoted to providing resources and technical assistance to providers looking to enhance personal and professional resilience and to organizations seeking to improve wellness programs, culture, and structures. Learn more about our provider wellness offerings, including upcoming events, products, and intensive practice facilitation opportunities:
Bridging Mental Health and Public Health During COVID-19: A Town Hall | February 24, 2021
The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed both mental health and public health workers on the front lines in an array of on-going stressful situations. As a result, mental health and public health agencies have had to innovate and adapt practices to support and care for their workforce and the populations they serve. This townhall event will feature mental health and public health agency representatives sharing insight on ways they have addressed COVID-19 while also supporting staff, the value of Mental Health-Public Health partnerships, and the related challenges they anticipate during the first half of 2021.
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This webinar offered information on awareness, self-care, and connection with others so public health workers can develop a plan for maintaining their mental health. We discussed common issues such as coping with fear, anxiety, and loss; changing work demands; navigating family relationships; and coping with an uncertain future as the pandemic continues.
Many workers have been pushed to the limit as they seek to adjust to a “new normal.” This presentation defined and identified signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue while also offering suggestions in avoiding and/or overcoming compassion fatigue. We also discussed healthy self-care activities while developing boundaries and a balance between work and home life. View the accompanying infographic here.
Burnout is a major issue facing mental health providers; however, research suggests there are ways organizations can support the wellbeing of their workforce. This infographic explores the signs of provider burnout as well as discusses the role of supervision in minimizing its impact.
Practice Coaching has been used to assist behavioral health practices in their efforts to improve quality and methods of care. Practice Coaches provide intensive consultation and work collaboratively with leadership and implementers to address challenges to improvement and work to achieve organizational change: Implement or scale evidence-based practices, build leadership and staff capacity, and strengthen current programs and initiatives.
MHTTC Network Resources
The MHTTC Network Provider Well-Being website offers a variety of resources for behavioral health providers: access a self-care elearning course on healtheknowledge.org, attend a wellness webinar, or download supporting mental health toolkits. Resources and content are updated often!
This SAMHSA tip sheet explores stress and compassion fatigue, as well as signs of distress after a disaster. It identifies ways to cope and enhance resilience, along with resources for more information and support.