COVID-19 Wellness Resources

Current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) information for faculty, students, employees, health care providers, and caregivers below.


ABOUT THE FACULTY WELLNESS PROGRAM

Faculty Wellness Program Launched in March, 2006, the Faculty Wellness Program supports the overall professional health and vitality of all our faculty.  Wellness is defined as an intentional, self-directed process of achieving a state where faculty personally and professionally flourish.  Wellness can include five different domains—physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social.  To truly flourish,  self-awareness of your needs in all areas and intentional changes to promote your own wellness is needed.

Our goals are to  provide health promotion educational information, facilitate the incorporation of health-related behaviors and wellness practices in our faculty,  to promote awareness of and access to crisis and support services.


Professional Services

Wellness Educational Information

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

UAMS Drug-Free Campus Program; Notice to all employees, students, and faculty

UAMS Drug-Free Campus Program

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UAMS Community Fitness Zoom Scheduling

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Helpful websites for children with geriatric parents during COVID-19 crisis

How to Fix Your Annoying Mask

This is a really great article on mask comfort (how to avoid ear irritation, glasses fogging up, mask acne, etc).

Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (Clinician Well-Being Collaborative) has compiled a list of strategies and resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians providing health care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing

With increasing numbers of people isolated because of quarantine and social distancing, COVID-19 is not the only public health threat we should be worried about – loneliness is one as well. This article discusses this in great detail and offers practical steps to address this.

Actionable Tools for the Care Team Discussion

COVID-19 and Anxiety: Actionable Tools for the Care Team Discussion with Martin Hsia, Psy.D.

A clear, clinical analysis of the mental health aspects of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic meant to assist physicians, healthcare professionals and patients alike by addressing a wide range of subjects, including how clinicians can help patients deal with their mental health during a pandemic, monitor and support their own mental health, ease elevated stress levels of patients suffering from anxiety and OCD and help minimize disturbing, disruptive thoughts related to COVID-19.

Psychologial Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Psychologial Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, a review of the psychological effects of quarantine, as well as strategies for how healthcare providers can care for their patients’ and their own mental well-being during periods of quarantine.

University of Colorado Health Care Provider Well-Being Primer

University of Colorado Health Care Provider Well-Being Primer

Compiled by Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., ABPP and colleagues, a collection of concrete strategies to help manage stress during this challenge time.

Caring for Yourself & Others During COVID-19 Pandemic

Caring for Yourself & Others During COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress

From the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a webinar focused on managing healthcare workers’ stress. Download the referenced Stress First Aid Self-Care Organizational Handout.

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has the potential to increase stress and anxiety, both because of the fear of catching the virus and also because of uncertainty about how the outbreak will affect us socially and economically. The National Center for PTSD provides practical steps you can take to improve your wellbeing.

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a comprehensive guide to managing your mental health in the context of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.

Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger, these resources from the CDC aim to help in this regard.

Coping Through Acceptance & Change

Coping Through Acceptance and Change

An infographic reminding of us what we can change to help us focus our efforts, as well as what we can change and therefor can strive to accept through mindfulness and other strategies. Also good for printing and displaying in the areas where you work as a frequent reminder.

Preventing & Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress

Preventing and Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress

Secondary traumatic stress (STS) occurs when a person bears witness to others’ trauma. This printable guide reminds us of signs to look for and what to do to cope with this.

COVID Sleep Resources

FREE ONLINE CLASSES AND APPS

Wysa

Wysa

An AI-drive tool set meant to assist individuals with stress, depression & anxiety that states that it uses emperically supported interventions from CBT, DBT, and other areas. Wysa has indicated that, until the current situation surrounding COVID-19 resolved, their AI chat and other tool packs for anxiety and isolation support will remain free.

The Science of Wellbeing

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

LEADERS

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Performance in times of stress or threatening events can be a defining moment in the life of a physician leader. Regardless of how well a leader may have done in the day-to-day guidance of a clinic or a cause or a team, the action and reaction during a time of crisis has substantially more perceptual impact among teams, customers and patients. This article from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Leadership Rounds offers a few tips to help focus crisis leadership.

Physicians & Health Systems Can Reduce Fear Around COVID-19

We are at a time, unfortunately, of significant public uncertainty and fear of “the coronavirus.” Mixed and inaccurate messages from national leaders in the setting of delayed testing availability have heightened fears and impeded a uniformity in responses, medical and preventive. Here is yet another way to help.

How Health Anxiety Influences Responses to Viral Outbreaks Like COVID-19

From the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, a guide to what all decision makers, health authorities, and health care professionals need to know.

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Resources for Healthcare Workers with Children & Elderly Parents

Compiled at CHOP, this PDF provides resources and suggestions for healthcare workers who also care for children and aging parents at home.

Helping Kids Cope with Emergencies (CDC)

Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress. Here are some resources provided by the CDC to help.

How to Talk & Support Your Children/Teens/Young Adults Regarding COVID-19

This guide was put together by Joshua G. Kellison, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the DBT Center of Arizona Support ChildTeen During COVID-19

Resources for Wellness, Resilience, Coping, and Support During COVID-19

Resources for Parents and Caregivers for Wellness, Resilience, Coping, and Support During COVID-19 – From CHOP, an overview of their comprehensive approach to bolstering their doctors, nurses, and all other staff keeping the hospital open through the current challenge.

The Comfort Ability Program COVID-19 (free resources)

The Comfort Ability Program COVID-19 – The Comfort Ability Program  (CAP) in response to COVID-19  have created some new online services for kids with pain and their parents that are open to the community.

From Autism Speaks

How to handle Autism-related clinical care during social distancing and school/program closures – From Autism Speaks, tips help prepare for service adjustments caused by COVID-19 precautions.

Helping Families Cope

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 – From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.

Consortium for Science-based Information about Children, Youth and Families (CSICYF)  (This is an evidence-based web resource center)

National Public Radio piece – Dr. Mary Alvord

Talking to children about COVID19

National Traumatic Stress Network

 

General Resource:  Selections derived from various professional listservs, websites, and from apahcpsychologists.org.