COVID-19: Resources to Promote Mental Well-Being

COVID-19 Support:

UW Medicine Supportive Conversations

Department faculty and staff are providing UW Medicine employees with free, informal, telephone, video-based or in-person conversations with one of our more than 50 volunteer clinician colleagues. The team is available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM to facilitate scheduling but conversations can occur outside these hours. Requests for support can be made online via the COVID Support Request Survey or by leaving a confidential voice mail message at 206-221-2768.

Fostering Resilience During Times of Chronic Stress:
Strengthening Coping and Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Trauma Recovery Innovations faculty gave a presentation for UW staff on resilience and coping as part of the UW Medicine health and wellness program. The presentation was a combination of defining resilience and teaching coping skills.
View the slides (pdf)
Watch the recording

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

PFA is an evidence-informed prevention strategy aimed at reducing distress and increasing resilience during and following mass disasters, including natural disasters and pandemics. PFA provides a flexible framework for specialty and non-specialty providers to support affected individuals and help them mobilize their natural, adaptive coping strategies.

The Trauma Recovery Innovations program has been adapting PFA to support members of the health care work force amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the resources below for mental health providers and other health providers on how to deliver PFA.

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been utilized or when more intensive intervention than PFA is needed. SPR is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities.  SPR is based on an understanding that disaster survivors will experience a broad range of reactions (physical, psychological, behavioral, spiritual) over differing periods of time. While many survivors will recover on their own, some will experience distressing reactions that interfere with adaptive coping. Compassionate, caring, and informed providers may help these survivors recover by introducing them to the applicable SPR skills.