Resilience on the Front Lines

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen the impact of overburdened health systems pushed to the limit and the heart of those systems—YOU, our health and other essential workers—have risen to the occasion with remarkable expertise and determination despite the enormous risk. Your perseverance and commitment can come at a cost. We are all human, and the effects of stress and grief are real.

“In times of crisis we understand there is the tendency to deprioritize your own wellbeing. You must take care of yourself to take care of others.”
Dr. Michelle A Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The below resources have been curated based on scientific evidence and were put together by behavior health and mental health experts at Johnson & Johnson as part of the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative, a partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global, and the CAA Foundation. Resources include health information, videos and articles that are most relevant to frontline health workers like you, during this unprecedented time. We hope these resources can help you learn how you experience stress and ways to better manage it in the moment, how to introduce recovery into your routine and take control of your emotional and physical health, and when to seek help when isolation and loneliness feel severe.

Finding Mental Health Help and Crisis Support
As a frontline health worker, you’re probably experiencing the type of stress that can cause people to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed. These feelings are normal responses considering the crisis. However, when they last too long, impair your ability to function, reemerge from a previous condition, or present a significant risk to you or others, it’s a good time to get help.