CopeColumbia

About

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented and uniquely trying time for our community, particularly for providers on the front lines, but including all faculty and staff at the medical center.

In response, the Department of Psychiatry has partnered with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian in developing CopeColumbia, which provides information and resources for the CUIMC community, including counseling sessions, peer support groups, guided meditations, suggested reading, and other resources for managing stress, fear and anxiety.

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster collective well-being and resilience by sharing evidence-based coping strategies, facilitating access to peer support, and contributing to an inclusive and compassionate culture for faculty and staff of CUIMC and the larger Columbia community. 

Contact

For any questions about CopeColumbia, or if you have any unmet needs, please email CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.

CopeColumbia Support Resources

Counseling services are available to all CUIMC faculty, residents, and staff. Sessions provide an opportunity for employees to talk about their experiences, ask questions, and obtain guidance and practical suggestions from our psychiatry faculty. 

Services are confidential, virtual, and free of charge.

What to Expect

We are here to support you during this time of crisis. Sessions focus on short-term support and resilience building. If a need to pursue more formal mental health attention is identified, we will assist you in accessing the right resources.

Services Offered

  • Individual Time with Psychiatry Faculty
    Confidential and virtual one-on-one sessions with a faculty member from psychiatry focused on stress management and coping. These 20-minute sessions are meant to be practical and supportive, with an emphasis on enhancing resilience and providing guidance. To schedule a one-on-one session with a psychiatry faculty member, please call 646-774-6311.
  • Peer Support Groups
    Confidential and virtual department-specific peer support groups are facilitated by psychiatry faculty members. The 30-minute sessions focus on enhancing resilience, sharing experiences, strengthening social support, and coping in the face of the numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These are not psychotherapy groups, and sessions will not be recorded. This is a confidential, peer-to-peer support process with two psychiatry faculty facilitating the process. To schedule a peer support group session, contact: CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.
  • Peer Support Group for Leaders and Managers
    Confidential and virtual department-specific support groups are co-facilitated by psychiatry faculty and organizational psychologists from CUIMC HR. The 45-minute peer-to-peer sessions focus on enhancing resilience, strengthening social support, and reinforcing healthy coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants can share the impact of the current crisis on team morale and productivity, and receive practical guidance. To schedule a group session for leaders and managers, contact CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.
  • Peer Support Group for ACN Members 
    Confidential and virtual support for staff, teams, and programs within the Ambulatory Care Network (ACN) and the Division of Community and Population Health. The 30-minute groups are co-led by staff within the Behavioral Health ACN services. Sessions are meant to enhance interdisciplinary team resilience and supportive communities by providing space to discuss challenges and strategies. To schedule a group session for ACN Members, contact: CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.
  • Town Halls
    These are more structured sessions, where departments and services can dedicate a portion of their team meetings to a CopeColumbia presentation or question and answer session related to stress, mental health responses to Covid and other challenges. A psychiatry faculty member will assist in organizing and will be available during the Town Hall. To schedule a townhall, contact: CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.

​Questions

If you have questions about CopeColumbia services or programming, contact CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.

Meditation, Relaxation, and Guided Practices

Meditation and Mindfulness

It's natural to seek out ways to escape or move away from emotional pain and distress, but a perspective of awareness can help confront strong emotions like anger, anxiety, and grief associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Mindfulness involves present moment awareness through attention, with acceptance and nonjudgment. By bringing intentional awareness to our bodies, minds, and automatic reactions through meditative practice, we prepare ourselves to respond thoughtfully and cope more effectively with uncertainty and distress.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the physical and mental health benefits of regular meditative practice for reducing stress and promoting resiliency, especially for those in healthcare professions. Meditation involves learning about ourselves and how to work with our thoughts and feelings, which can facilitate awareness and compassion for ourselves and others. If you are new to mindfulness or guided meditation practice, or wish to broaden your current practice, please consider these resources:

What is Mindfulness? How do I Meditate?

Meditation and mindfulness can help us reduce stress, cope with pain, and improve our focus as we approach the obstacles of our daily lives. For a helpful guide on how to begin meditating and practicing mindfulness, please see the mindful.org guide on How to Meditate.

What are the Benefits of Meditation?

Some research suggests that practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia. For a closer look at the benefits of mediation, please see the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s In-Depth Guide to Mediation.

What are the Benefits of Relaxation?

Relaxation techniques may be helpful in managing a variety of health conditions, including anxiety associated with trauma. For a closer look at relaxation techniques and their benefits, please see the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s Relaxation Techniques for Health

Mindfulness and Relaxation with CUIMC and affiliated providers

In the recordings below, you'll be guided by psychiatrist and CUIMC affiliate Dr. Oren Messeri, as he leads a brief, deep-breath meditation for calming the nervous system and a rapid form of breath work to naturally energize. Psychologist Dr. Erin K. Engle, within CUIMC's Department of Psychiatry, incorporates mindfulness meditation and relaxation into therapy to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. She provides guided meditation practices here cultivating restorative breath and using guided imagery to promote relaxation and stress-relief.

Additional Guided Practices for Mindfulness and Relaxation

The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers guided practice for beginners. You may also try Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn. For examples of how to practice self-compassion, please see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s 10 Self-Compassion Practices for COVID-19.

Apps to Foster Well-Being and Sleep

Podcasts to Help Offset COVID-19 Stress

Physical Movement and Exercise Resources

  • Join Dr. Rashmi Bismark, MD, MPH as she leads introductory yoga and mindfulness lectures, along with short meditations and movement practices that are accessible and designed with the busy schedules of physicians and healthcare providers in mind.
  • Join Dr. Dori Abel, a PGY-2 Pediatric Resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and instructor at CorePower Yoga, teaching a Yoga Sculpt Class-A Fitness Class incorporating bodyweight resistance, cardio, and power yoga in a high energy, upbeat format.
  • Join Jeffrey Chand, acupuncturist and Qigong instructor for Invigorating Qigong.

Reducing Stress and Social Isolation and Promoting Resilience

Resilience is a set of psychological traits or abilities that reduces the impact of stress on well-being. These evidence-based skills can be taught and built with practice, and better prepare individuals to cope effectively with challenges.

CUIMC resources

Outside Resources

Trauma, Grief, and Loss Resources

When faced with trauma, grief, and loss, self-care becomes critically important. We encourage you to take advantage of the counseling resources above (CopeColumbia Support Resources), and to take advantage of the resources below for managing shock, stress, and trauma associated with COVID-19.

Trauma

Trauma occurs when individuals are exposed to events that involve witnessing death, risk of harm to oneself or those who are cared for, or violence. People can experience trauma reactions when they directly witness these events, when they learn about such events occurring to a loved one, or if they are exposed to details indirectly. These traumatic events can overwhelm our normal ways of coping with stress – even the most resilient people who generally handle stress well will experience emotions or symptoms that may be unfamiliar to them in the face of traumatic events.  First responders and other medical staff who have been working with Covid-19 patients in New York City have experienced a level of stress well beyond what most have been trained to handle. Fortunately, even when traumatic events affect us deeply, there is excellent evidence that we can adapt, learn additional coping strategies, and foster resiliency in ourselves and each other. Here we share some resources that experts in trauma have found to be helpful in understanding and coping with traumatic stress.

Loss, Grief, and Complicated Grief

The loss of a close relationship is a profound experience. When we experience the loss of a loved one or a close friend or colleague, our lives are deeply impacted. Feelings of grief are a natural reaction to loss, and commonly include longing, sadness, confusion, anger, resentment, anxiety, or a sense of detachment. The process of mourning, or integrating acute grief feelings, often entails experiencing waves of painful emotions, interspersed with periods of connection, meaning, and hope. Although there is no right or wrong way to grieve, by revisiting painful emotions, and confronting practical life changes following loss, we ultimately find a sense of peace, and healing, with time.

Certain situations may disrupt the process of mourning, thereby making grieving “complicated.” Many who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 have been deprived of an opportunity to say goodbye, due to a changeable medical course or the need to remain socially distant. Additionally, certain thoughts, feelings, and behaviors also stand to disrupt the natural process of grief. Intense feelings of anger, non-acceptance of a loss, or feelings of survivor guilt, can inhibit the grieving process or make it more difficult. For front line healthcare professionals, losing a colleague to COVID-19, while having to continue the professional demands of caring for others without ample opportunity to grieve, is an additional complicating factor. Additionally, the sheer volume of patient loss due to COVID-19, highlights trauma as a related factor that intensifies a sense of being “stuck” in the intense emotional pain associated with initial acute grief. 

Developed by Kathy Shear, MD, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) is the most extensively tested treatment for complicated grief and has the most evidence base as a grief treatment, with studies showing over 70% of those who received CGT much improved. For more information on CGT, please see these resources from Columbia's Center for Complicated Grief.

General Resources

Resources for Healthcare Providers

CopeColumbia Videos

CopeColumbia Webinars

In these webinars, faculty provide helpful insight on how to manage stress and anxiety during difficult times. Check back frequently as more webinars become available. 

  • Bold Conversations for Healing & Reshaping Our Medical Center Community (Login Required) — CopeColumbia and CUIMC Human Resources sponsored a one-hour panel discussion with members of the CUIMC community, who spoke about some of their personal experiences with racial stress in the workplace and the emotions those situations provoked. Panelists described individual strategies and responses that were helpful in addressing the issues and feelings they faced. The panel featured:

    • Sandra Harris, Associate Vice president for Government and Community Affairs

    • Ofole Mgbako, MD, Clinical Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases and Research Post-doctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies

    • Warren Ng, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director Outpatient Behavioral Health, Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CopeColumbia Faculty

    • D. Anne Stewart, Department Administrator/Chief Financial Officer to the Department of Emergency Medicine

    • Moderator: Patrice K. Malone, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, CopeColumbia Faculty

Racism, Stress, and Coping

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated significant health disparities for Black and Latinx communities in the U.S. Populations of color have contracted COVID-19 at higher rates than White individuals; with greater morbidity and mortality.1,2 We are learning that systemic racism is a major factor in these disparate outcomes: a disproportionate number of African-American and Latino individuals work in settings that are high risk for exposure, and they are more likely to lack medical insurance, the means to be tested for coronavirus, to be adequately treated for underlying conditions, or to receive early treatment for COVID-19.2 

The stress and trauma of racism in our society for communities of color is informed by a long history of violence and social injustice. The effects of systemic racism, especially on African-Americans in our country, permeates our society with consequences including negative outcomes for physical and mental well-being. Images, media portrayals and public discourse have triggered post-traumatic stress symptoms across in many of us, with the heaviest toll being that on racial minorities. Protests have sparked a discussion most feel is long overdue to address the effects of oppression on African-Americans after the senseless murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We are aware that these conversations, although emotionally charged, are necessary for change; take courage and bravery to achieve a more racially just society.

The mental health effects of racism are vast. The inability for communities of color to access mental health resources creates a barrier to the path of treatment and recovery. Lack of resources coupled with distrust of the medical field due to past transgressions towards African-Americans, in particular, and the stigma associated with mental health treatment in communities of color create a perfect storm for untreated intergenerational mental health illness. 

Growth and Change

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and other institutions around the country have acknowledged the historical systemic racism that exists and are committed to making change. As part of CopeColumbia’s commitment to promoting the health and well-being of our entire community, we encourage peer-supported open dialogue around mental health challenges that include racial disparities. Our efforts aim to enhance resilience and coping amongst peers while promoting healing, growth, and avenues for change. 

CopeColumbia Webinars 

Bold Conversations for Healing & Reshaping Our Medical Center Community (Login Required) — CopeColumbia and CUIMC Human Resources sponsored a one-hour panel discussion with members of the CUIMC community, who spoke about some of their personal experiences with racial stress in the workplace and the emotions those situations provoked. Panelists described individual strategies and responses that were helpful in addressing the issues and feelings they faced. The panel featured:

  • Sandra Harris, Associate Vice president for Government and Community Affairs
  • Ofole Mgbako, MD, Clinical Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases and Research Post-doctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies
  • Warren Ng, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director Outpatient Behavioral Health, Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CopeColumbia Faculty
  • D. Anne Stewart, Department Administrator/Chief Financial Officer to the Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Moderator: Patrice K. Malone, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, CopeColumbia Faculty

Other Informative Media

References

On Managing Political Stress and Related Stressors

Leaders across the world have been struggling with how to adjust to the “new normal” of COVID-19 and the impact on their workforce. In addition to rising COVID-19 cases, leaders have seen employees cope with stressors including the consequences of systemic racism, the impact of climate change, as well as exhaustion and burnout.

The US election and its aftermath have the potential to be disruptive and exacerbate stress among our workforce. These issues have implications for health, safety, justice, and economic wellbeing, and some of our colleagues understandably feel that they and their families are particularly vulnerable. Our diverse healthcare workforce may have a range of intense emotional reactions.

In the face of these ongoing challenges, compassionate leadership is increasingly important. Leaders can take simple yet powerful actions during this time to create more explicitly caring work cultures. Workers across universities and healthcare systems are eager and ready to engage in efforts to improve the culture and work environment.

As a leader, it may be difficult to know what support your staff needs because we are in such uncharted territory. Staff might also feel hesitant to reach out for help—especially in healthcare, where there is a culture of self-reliance and a perceived stigma against accessing support for emotional needs. Studies have shown that staff who feel supported by their leaders are more productive and resilient to stress.

Below are some ideas that we hope you may find helpful during this stressful time.

General Recommendations for Supporting Staff

  • Check-ins during Standing Meetings: One of the best strategies for building institutional resilience is to use pre-existing meetings and infrastructure rather than building anew. Given the intensely divisive political climate, we suggest planning ahead and knowing that people may be stressed and may need to express their thoughts and feelings more regularly in meetings. These standing meetings are a great opportunity to build staff support and resilience. The first step is knowing what is stressful for your team. We recommend following some of the steps outlined below:
    • Create space to understand the sources of stress
      • Carve out 5-10 minutes in your agenda at the beginning or end of every meeting to understand sources of stressors (both at home and at work).
        • “This is an incredibly challenging time. Our work is really stressful, and you might be experiencing new stressors at home, too. I want to understand what’s been difficult so we can figure out what resources might help.”
    • Assure your staff that you hear them
      • Simply reflecting, “I hear that you are worried about X (e.g., getting sick, civic unrest). That makes total sense.”
    • Work to develop approaches to address concerns
      • Managers should be open and non-defensive to criticism of how they or the University are adding to stress, and try to address these quickly or by the next meeting.
    • Inform them of available resources
      • "There are several resources to support wellbeing at CUIMC, like CopeColumbia. I have used it and encourage you all to check it out.”
    • Incorporate wellbeing skills and discussions using resources from CopeColumbia
      • You can point to a certain section you/they thought was helpful, and then follow-up with a group practice of a skill with simple discussion questions: What did you like about that skill? What did you learn? How might this be incorporated into your week?
  • Provide breaks: Frequent short breaks in the workday can help promote wellbeing. Many people are reporting “Zoom fatigue” as back to back virtual activities do not have the natural breaks and transitions that we normally have when working in-person. Consider reducing hour-long meetings to 50 minutes and encourage staff to stand and stretch or connect with colleagues informally in the last 10 minutes.
  • Recognizing Stress and Providing Support: As a leader, you recognize that staff have limits. They are under incredible stress at work and at home, and simply acknowledging this stress is validating. Staff should be encouraged to care for themselves and get good sleep, drink water, and exercise. You may also think about having individual check-ins with staff whose behavior has changed so you can review these support resources with them. See more resources below to get the support you need.
  • Encourage informal group meetings: Virtual coffee breaks, lunch meetings, happy hours, and Slack groups are ways many groups have found helpful to maintain a sense of connection to the team and the organization and to access peer support. Use your best judgment as a manager to consider which of these informal opportunities might work for your team, and whether your presence is needed or might inhibit free communication.
  • Gratitude: Simple and genuine expressions of gratitude toward staff is very important. Leaders should recognize and thank individuals and teams for the work they are doing during regular weekly meetings. Gratitude helps most when we state specific descriptions of what they did and the impact it had.
  • Appreciate differences among your staff: Several studies have identified particularly vulnerable populations to the psychological impact of the pandemic. These include front-line providers, people with children at home, and individuals early in their career. It is also important to consider the effects your employees may experience due to recent racially driven incidents. These groups may benefit from individualized attention to address their concerns.
  • Supporting yourself: Being a leader during the COVID-19 crisis is very stressful. It is important that you get the support you need as well. Remember to help yourself first. Think about using the resources available to you via CopeColumbia. If you are able to maintain your own wellbeing, your team will benefit.

Recommendations Specific to the 2020 U.S. Election

  1. What if I have my own opinions about the election results? Do I voice these?
    It is best to recognize that there may be a diversity of political preferences on your team, and workers may be concerned that if their opinions differ from yours as the manager, the work relationship may be impacted.
  2. What if staff want to discuss the election or politics?
    Instead of talking about the political candidates, focus on the values of the organization and how people may feel the election might impact these values. State explicitly that all views are welcome, and yet political discussions in the workplace are potentially divisive and not helpful to your shared mission. Discourage discussions of the politics themselves and focus on fears relevant to work. There will likely be political discussions anyway; be prepared to intervene (below).
  3. What if the discussions on my team become contentious?
    As a leader, you have managed many difficult conversations. We can simultaneously stand up for the right to have a minority or unpopular opinion while at the same time making sure everyone is respected. In general, focus on the importance of listening and understanding, rather than persuading or defending. It is ok to set limits by explicitly saying that you are willing to have the group discuss a range of opinions as long as they are expressed respectfully. It is also important to let your team know that people can express how particular opinions make them feel.

    If the discussion does become contentious or the conversation seems uncivil, you may need to intervene. Explicitly tell the group that the discussion does not seem productive. Leaders may be placed in the role of "referee" and may need to call out statements or actions that are out of bounds, not because of the point of view but rather because of how it's expressed.
  4. Examples of problematic interactions and how to intervene: Statements that are generalizations about groups, are negative and personal about another employee, or are dismissive of the experiences and emotions of individuals, are all problematic and should be identified as such explicitly. Employees should be reminded that comments that are discriminatory or create a hostile work environment are unacceptable and may trigger disciplinary action. It is completely acceptable to halt political discussion if these become divisive or disrespectful. You might need to say, for example, “We need to take a break from discussing politics right now, as I think it’s causing problems. If you want to re-engage outside of work in a productive conversation, that’s great, but we have to find ways to work together.”

Resources

CopeColumbia

  • During weekly meetings, leaders should talk about the opportunity to seek more support via CopeColumbia (e.g., “Feeling stressed is not a sign of weakness, it is normal in these circumstances. I want to share some resources that might help our team to become stronger.”)
    • If your Department or Division would like to arrange a Wellbeing Town Hall or Peer Support Group, please email us at CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu. A member of our team can discuss these services with you.
    • If you prefer more individual support, please call our 1:1 Peer Support Line at 646-774-6311.
    • The other sections on this page include curated wellness resources for individuals, resources and support for families, as well as content regarding grief, loss, trauma and anti-racism resources.

Additional External Resources

This document was created by members of the UCSF Cope and CopeColumbia teams who are faculty members in the Departments of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, and Columbia University Irving Medical Center respectively. The UCSF Cope program has additional resources on their website that may be of interest.

References 

  1. Antares Foundation. Managing Stress in Humanitarian Aid workers: Guidelines for Good Practice. March 2012.
  2. Galea S, et al. The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical Distancing: The Need for Prevention and Early Intervention. JAMA Internal Medicine. Published on-line April 10, 2020.
  3. Gustavsson, ME et al. Moral Distress among Disaster Responders: What is it? Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 35(2):212-219, 2020
  4. Kisel S, et al. Occurrence, prevention, and management of the psychological effects of emerging virus outbreaks on healthcare workers; rapid review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2020; 369:m1642.
  5. Lai J et al. Factors Associated with Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(3): e203976.
  6. Rossi R, et al. Mental Health Outcomes Among Frontline and Second-Line Health Care Workers During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic in Italy. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(5):e2010185
  7. Shanafelt, T, et al. Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. Published online 4/7/20.
  8. Mellins CA, Mayer LES, Glasofer DR, Devlin MJ, Albano AM, Nash SS, Engle E, Cullen C, Ng WYK, Allmann AE, Fitelson EM, Vieira A, Remien RH, Malone P, Wainberg ML, Baptista-Neto L. Supporting the well-being of health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Cope Columbia response. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2020 Sep 9;67:62-69. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2020.08.013. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33059217; PMCID: PMC7480793.

Mental Health Treatment

Columbia Psychiatry is world renowned for mental health treatment and has many resources available to support faculty, staff, and resident mental well-being. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any level of distress, below is a list of resources at Columbia, as well as several national hotlines.

How to Access

For faculty and staff

ColumbiaDoctors faculty practice includes traditional clinic-based care and intensive outpatient treatment programs. See patient care or call 212-305-6001.

For residents

Contact Dr. Laurel Mayer at lsm16@cumc.columbia.edu for resources.

For Immediate Care

NY Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Department

Broadway between 167th Street and 168th Street

212-305-2995

National Suicide Hotlines

Resources for Supporting Children and Family

Many of us are experiencing new parenting challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including talking with children about COVID-19, maintaining daily structure, overseeing homeschooling, and keeping our children healthy and safe. As healthcare providers, it can be particularly difficult to balance these parenting tasks with increasing work demands and pressures. The resources below are provided to support parents during this difficult time.

General Parenting Tips

Talking with Your Child About Coronavirus

Homeschooling

Recursos en Español

La pandemia de COVID-19 representa un momento sin precedentes y únicamente difícil para nuestra comunidad, particularmente para proveedores de primera línea.

En respuesta, el Departamento de Psiquiatría ha colaborado con ColumbiaDoctors y NewYork-Presbyterian para crear CopeColumbia, donde encontrará información y recursos para la comunidad de CUIMC, incluyendo sesiones de consejería, grupos de apoyo entre pares, meditaciones guiadas, lectura sugerida, y otros recursos para manejar el estrés, el miedo, y la ansiedad.

Si tiene cualquier pregunta sobre CopeColumbia, o si tiene cualquier necesidad insatisfecha (inluyendo la necesidad de insumos, favor de enviar un correo electrónico a CopeColumbia@cumc.columbia.edu.

Abajo se encuentran varios recursos, organizados por categoría.

Recursos de Consejería de CopeColumbia

Estos servicios se ofrecen al personal de CUIMC en todos los departamentos y ofrecen a los empleados la oportunidad de hablar sobre sus experiencias, hacer preguntas, y obtener consejos y sugerencias prácticas de nuestro cuerpo docente de psiquiatría. Los servicios son confidenciales y gratis.

Servicios Ofrecidos

  • Tiempo individual con el cuerpo docente de psiquiatría: sesiones de 20 minutos se enfocan en manejar el estrés y maneras de sobrellevar la situación actual.
  • Grupos de apoyo entre pares: grupos de apoyo serán específicos al departamento que serán dirigidos por dos miembros de nuestro cuerpo docente de psiquiatría. Cada grupo reunirá por 30 minutos y se enfoca en crear resiliencia, compartir experiencias, aumentar el apoyo social, y maneras de sobrellevar la situación actual y los desafíos de la pandemia COVID-19. Es una sesión confidencial con apoyo entre pares.

Como Acceder Servicios de Consejería

Para sesiones individuales, tendremos varias horas a diario cuando el personal de todos los departamentos puede llamar y estará conectado inmediatamente con un miembro del cuerpo docente de psiquiatría. El número que se debe llamar es 646-774-6311.

  • lunes–jueves: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • viernes: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • sábado & domingo: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Todo el personal y el cuerpo docente de CUIMS es elegible para CopeColumbia. Estamos aquí para apoyarle durante este momento de crisis. Estas sesiones se enfocan en el apoyo a corto trecho. Si se identifica la necesidad de atención de salud mental más formal, le ayudaremos a acceder los recursos apropiados.

Recursos de video

Meditación, Relajación, y Prácticas Guiadas

La meditación y concientización pueden ayudarnos a reducir el estrés, sobrellevar el dolor, y mejorar la concentración mientras enfrentamos los obstáculos de nuestras vidas diarias. La meditación puede reducir la presión sanguínea, síntomas del síndrome del colón irritable, la ansiedad, la depresión, y el insomnio.

La aplicación Headspace ofrece un año gratis de Headspace Plus para trabajadores de salud con un número NPI. También ofrece sesiones de meditación gratis en español para apoyar a la gente durante la pandemia.

Las técnicas de relajación pueden ayudarle a manejar una variedad de condiciones de salud, incluyendo la ansiedad asociada con el trauma. Abajo se encuentra un video de una sesión de relajación muscular progresiva: Relajación Muscular Progresiva de Jacobson.

Recursos sobre el Trauma, el Luto, y la Pérdida

Cuando nos enfrenta el trauma, el luto, o la pérdida, el auto-cuidado se vuelve crítico. Les sugerimos que aproveche de los recursos de consejería arriba (vea Recursos de Consejería de CopeColumbia) y que aproveche los recursos abajo para manejar el choque, el estrés, y el trauma relacionado con COVID-19.

Recursos

Recursos para Apoyar a Niños y Familias

Muchos de nosotros estamos pasando por nuevos desafíos al ser padres durante la pandemia de COVID-19, incluyendo hablar con los niños sobre COVID-19, mantener una estructura diaria, supervisar la escuela virtual en casa, y proteger a los hijos por mantenerlos saludables y seguros. Como proveedores de atención de salud, puede ser particularmente difícil mantener el equilibrio entre estas tareas de ser padres y las demandas y presiones mayores del trabajo. Los recursos abajo son para apoyar a los padres durante este momento difícil.

Sugerencias Generales para Padres

Hablar con Su Hijo sobre el Coronavirus

Recursos para la Reducción del Estrés y Desarrollar Resiliencia

La resiliencia es un grupo de rasgos o capacidades psicológicas que reducen el impacto del estrés en el bienestar. Estas destrezas están comprobadas a funcionar y se pueden enseñar y aprender con práctica, y así preparar mejor a los individuos a sobrellevar efectivamente los desafíos.

Recursos

Recursos Adicionales de los Centros de Control de Enfermedades (CDC)

Additional External Resources