Frontline professionals face many challenges in their day-to-day work life. From the pressure of making sure people get the help and care they need to working long shifts — health care and public safety are stressful fields of work.
When you encounter chronic stress, trauma and the negative effects of shiftwork as a part of your daily work life, an added source of stress like COVID-19 can feel overwhelming. With concerns about passing the virus to family and friends, protective equipment shortages, exposure to financial pressures and long hours — you need support now more than ever.
For many frontline professionals, the pandemic has taken a toll on their mental wellness. And if you are struggling, you are not alone. We want you to know that NAMI Oklahoma is here to help.
NAMI is pleased to join the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative to support frontline health care and public safety professionals facing the adverse mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This community-centered initiative is called NAMI Frontline Wellness.
Health Care Professionals
As a frontline health care professional, you experience stress daily. Your job places unique demands on you that are not typical for most, and it can add up over time. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stressors that may feel overwhelming. NAMI can help.
Public Safety Professionals
Let’s face it: first responders often deal with the unimaginable. Maybe it’s one specific call, maybe it’s a series of them. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to an already difficult and frequently dangerous job. The effects of stress are real and should not be ignored. NAMI can help.
Withdrawal, or self-isolation from friends, family and colleagues
Marked changes in mood, increased sadness
Increased or excessive substance use
Aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior
Comments or thoughts about suicide
Feelings of being out of control
Difficulty with concentration and usual activities
Issues with sleep
Nationwide Wellness Survey For Public Safety
The U.S. Marshals Service, Fairfax County (VA) Police Department and Nova Southeastern University (FL), have partnered to launch a nationwide Wellness Survey for all public safety professionals. This voluntary survey will provide important data about the impacts of trauma and the overall mental health of first responders.
Stories From Your Peers
If you are a frontline professional and would like to support your peers by telling your story and offering encouragement, please post your own video on social media and tag @NAMICommunicate with the hashtags #NotAlone and #FirstRespondersFirst.