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Stress management and mental health resources for staff

In addition to making sure residents stay healthy and at ease, it is equally essential that long term care employees take care of themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic - physically and mentally. 

Whether it be your response to quarantining due to the current stay-at-home recommendations, the daily challenges you are facing at work, or any additional stressors you may be dealing with - your mental health is important and necessary for you to navigate effectively through this unprecedented event.

Dr. Jennifer Birdsall of CHE Behavioral Health Services recorded two videos to help you relax and manage stress. The doctor also created a stress management document that shares tips for improving your well-being.

Stress Management Video:
This video defines “stress” and reviews sources of stress. It then focuses on a review of a number of healthy coping skills to improve stress management.

Relaxation Training Video:
This video discusses the fundamentals of relaxation exercises and provides an in vivo walk-through 1. Deep Breathing 2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation and 3. Guided Imagery.

In addition, California has launched its first statewide Mental Health Line to assist you during this time. 

The phone number is 1-855-845-7415 and it can be used via telephone or instant messaging at the following times:

Mondays through Fridays
: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturdays: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sundays: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Staff contact: DeAnn Walters, 916-432-5213   

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