Are you a first responder or health care worker dealing with stress and mental health issues?
Working as a first responder or health care professional comes with many challenges that are faced both in your career and personal life. Sometimes the struggles that first responders and health care workers face are glossed over because people assume that these adversities simply “come with the job.” At Long Island Psychology, we recognize that training in a particular field does not mean that you are immune to the challenges the field presents. We believe it is important to remove stigmas surrounding mental health issues and other struggles that you may face as first responders or health care professionals, and confront these issues head-on. Our Resilience Training Program may help you if you are experiencing:
- Emotional and/or physical burnout
- Heavy patient loads that cause overextension and stress
- Pressure and high expectations from patients, superiors and/or family members
- Long hours that create tension or stress in your personal life
- Trauma/PTSD/Anxiety or other forms of mental illness
- Substance abuse or other forms of addiction
It is not uncommon to feel added stress due to the pressured and important nature of your profession. However, there are ways to cope with these challenges and prepare yourself to confront new challenges in the future.
The COVID-19 Climate
The normal struggles that first responders and health care workers face every day are further magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Undoubtedly, this is an incredibly stressful time for you, as you are on the front lines of helping and treating those that are ill. The therapists at Long Island Psychology are here to support you with any COVID-19 specific challenges that you are facing. Some of these challenges may include:
- Lack of sleep due to long hours treating patients and acting as a first responder
- Dealing with illness in your family and personal life while balancing work life
- Trauma/PTSD/Anxiety and other forms of mental illness exacerbated by COVID-19
You are here for us daily keeping us safe, and we are here for you daily to provide mental care and support. Whether your stress and mental health struggles stem from your profession generally, COVID-19, or a combination of both we want to provide you with the tools to combat these issues with a growth-oriented mindset. Our Resilience Training Program will not only help you overcome your current adversities but will hopefully serve as a mechanism to help you face obstacles in your professional and personal life in the future.
Resilience Training can help you:
- Actively seek out positive experiences and a self-purpose
- Carve out time for personal reflection
- Cultivate tools for perseverance and mental strength
- Build relaxation and calming techniques
- Prioritize your own physical health
- Separate your professional life and home life, and leave the stress of work at work
- Accept and overcome mental health issues and addiction
These are a wide range of benefits that Resilience Training can provide you with, however, we formulate your specific goals by assessing your unique needs, which may incorporate different components. Being a first responder or health care worker comes with a set of distinctive challenges, but you can take active steps to help manage them and learn effective mental health supporting tools in the process.
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