One way to cope with the uncertainty of COVID-19 is to focus on creating safe, supportive workplaces that prioritize physician mental health. ACEP is working with other medical associations and groups to create a more supportive environment that breaks down barriers that prevents physicians from seeking support.
Statements & Guidance
Joining Forces to Support Clinician Mental Health: ACEP and other leading medical associations released a joint statement outlining steps to support the mental health of EM physicians and other clinicians during this pandemic. Developed by ACEP and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, the joint statement was signed by more than 40 groups. It emphasizes that a clinician's history of mental illness or SUD treatment shouldn't be used as an indicator of their current/future ability to competently practice medicine.
ACEP recently met with The Joint Commission to discuss physicians being penalized by state licensing boards and other entities for seeking mental health support. On May 12, TJC released a statement that supports “the removal of any barriers that inhibit clinicians and health care staff from accessing mental health care services, including eliminating policies that reinforce stigma and fear about the professional consequences of seeking mental health treatment.”
Webinars & Podcasts
Hurting and Helping: Team Care and Self Care During Crisis
In this webinar, Dr. Jack Rozel, Medical Director at resolve Crisis Services and president of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry, and Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo, ACEP Board Member, share insights on why we are experiencing fear and grief, how to cope with different types of stress, and how to help yourself and your team through this difficult time.
Beaten Down by Corona: Healthcare Mental Health During the Time of COVID-19
In this episode of the ACEP Frontline podcast, host Ryan Stanton, MD, FACEP, discusses peer support and physician mental health with Dr. Jack Rozel, Medical Director at resolve Crisis Services and president of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry.
Publications & Resources
- Mt. Sinai’s Well-Being Staff Resources During COVID-19
- Healing the Healer: Protecting Emergency Health Care Workers’ Mental Health During COVID-19
- Caring for Health Care Workers During Crisis: How to Create a Resilient Organization
- How Physicians Can Be Healthier Than Their Patients
- Annals for Hospitalists Inpatient Notes - Preparing for Battle: How Hospitalists Can Manage the Stress of COVID-19
- Weathering the Storm: What Psychiatrists Want You to Know
- Using Stories to Mentally Survive as a COVID-19 Clinician
- CDC: Physiological Burden of Prolonged PPE Use on Health Care Workers During Long Shifts