WORKFORCE
WELLNESS

Free, confidential crisis support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

AK Responders Relief Line: 1-844-985-8275
Recognizing the unique stressors that providers face, the Division of Behavioral Health has established a support line for healthcare and behavioral professionals impacted by COVID personally and professionally.

Physician Support Line: 1-888-409-0141
This support line service is made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues and American medical students as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Careline Alaska
1-877-266-4357 (HELP

An unprecedented number of health care professionals experience burnout, depression and other forms of distress, and are at in increased risk for suicide as compared to the general population. Over the past three years, "fear of exposure to COVID infection and transmission, staff shortages, inadequate personal protective equipment, and work stress have added an extra burden to an already stressful lifestyle."
- Suicide in Healthcare Workers: Determinants, Challenges, and the Impact of COVID-19.
 

Health care professionals who take care of their mental health are better able to care for patients and resist the effects of burnout, stress, and depression. This page offers some resources for health care professionals and facilities - tools for finding and providing support, and strategies for creating work environments that prioritize the well-being of healthcare workers.

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Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Professionals
You’ll find crisis resources for immediate support for health care professionals, resources and programs for institutions and organizations interested in preventing suicide and enhancing the mental health of their health care professionals, as well as resources for support after a suicide loss for individuals and communities.

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Preventing Physician Suicide: Identify and Support At-Risk Physicians Toolkit

  • Identify risk factors and warning signs for suicide

  • Apply standardized processes for physicians seeking support in your practice

  • Create an environment of support and wellness within your organization
     

After a Physician Suicide: Responding as an Organization Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to:

  • Provide immediate assistance to family members and close colleagues following a suicide

  • Reduce the risk of suicide contagion and further distress among colleagues

  • Institute organizational change to reduce physician burnout, mental health conditions, and suicide

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Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience
This site offers "help for nurses" - resources for promoting mental health and suicide prevention, tools for supporting those who are grieving the loss of a co-worker, and guidance for suicide attempt survivors' return to work. There are also tools for policy development and implementation to create healthy and safe workplaces that prioritize healthcare worker well-being.

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The ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare
This site provides resources, offerings, and services tailored to individuals, teams, organizations, and systems to help promote and prioritize employee well-being, mental health, and resilience.  The campaign is led by #FirstRespondersFirst and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation as a coalition of leading healthcare organizations committed to:

1) Advancing a state where the well-being of the healthcare workforce is prioritized and individual healthcare workers feel valued and supported so they can sustain their sense of purpose and meaning in their work.

2) Making beneficial progress against persistent mental health and well-being challenges that disadvantage our healthcare workers, and therefore, our healthcare systems and the future of public health.

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Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience offers this collection of resources that highlight strategies and tools that health care leaders and workers can use across practice settings to take action toward decreasing burnout and improving clinician well-being.