Self-Care Series

Mental and physical exhaustion is at an all-time high for nurses and health care professionals. Given the difficult times we’re in, our self-care series is meant to bring hope. We will share resources to help you care for yourself and your loved ones. We need to be healthy ourselves to be there for our patients and colleagues.

Below, find a list of self-care resources for UNAC/UHCP members and the public. Check back frequently as this page will be updated often.

Gun Deaths, Violence and Mental Health in America

Use this fact sheet to understand the relationship between firearm-related deaths and mental health conditions:

Mental Health and Emotional Wellness

Calm is an app for meditation and sleep—designed to help lower stress, reduce anxiety, and more. KP members can access all the premium features of the Calm app at no cost.

Free Crisis Counseling

Text FRONTLINE to 741741 for immediate chat support and free crisis counseling for health care professionals and essential workers. Offers support to deal with anxiety, fear, isolation, or other difficult emotions you may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care. Check out the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience:

Healthcare Professional Burnout, Depression and Suicide Prevention

Placing a priority on mental health enables us to better take care of ourselves and our patients. See the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s list of resources and programs:

Resources for Managing Stress

To help cope with the stress, grief, and anxiety that many are feeling, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ COVID-19 resources:

Self-Care and Coping with COVID-19

L.A. Care has a number of resources to help if you are feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed:

Fight Coronasomnia

Health care workers have been hit particularly hard by insomnia over the last 12 months. For sleep tips from UC Davis Health, go to–tips-to-fight-back-/2020/09

Manage Stress and Self-Care

Many nurses and health care professionals are experiencing pressure, fear, exhaustion, isolation, and ongoing emotional trauma. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association has helpful tips for managing stress during COVID-19 and a list of warning signs of excessive stress:

Mental Wellness

For many frontline professionals, the pandemic has taken a toll on mental wellness. And if you are struggling, you are not alone. See the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s compilation of information and resources for health care professionals:

Public Narrative: Tell Your Story and Inspire Others

Storytelling is one of the most powerful means that we have to comfort, teach, and inspire one another. Stories, which unite us through values and experiences, also have the power to heal us. Shaping and telling our own stories offer a path beyond trauma, illness, and grief.

Discover your own potential to heal through the Public Narrative—a storytelling practice that helps us make choices, build community, and inspire change. The practice, developed by longtime organizer and Harvard professor Marshall Ganz, is available here:

Mental Health Resources

Check out the Alliance of Health Care Unions’ handouts with resources, coping strategies, and activities:

Suicide Prevention/Resilience

If you or someone you know is in need of help, do not go it alone. Reach out when you need support.

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time.

More suicide prevention hotlines:

Nurse suicide prevention/resilience:

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