Managing your stress during this time is as important as managing your physical health. Taking care of yourself and encouraging others to practice self-care will sustain and extend your ability to care for patients in need.
To help successfully navigate these challenging times, SCCMA has been addressing how physicians can best care for themselves while they care for others and we hope you find these free resources helpful.
- One-on-One Counseling
- Group Therapy Sessions
- Immediate Confidential Support
- Wellness Apps
- Wellness Resources
Care for Caregivers – through the California Medical Association
California physicians (M.D. and D.O.), nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists providing emergency or intensive services to acutely ill COVID-19 patients can receive coaching sessions from trained peer wellness coaches. This program is available at no cost for up to 30 days. Email CMAwellness@cmadocs.org for more information.
Frontline Workers Counseling Project
Working on the front line during the COVID-19 crisis can take a toll on you in many ways. You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, confusion and much more. But help is at hand. Free mental health counseling is available to all Bay Area frontline workers through the Frontline Workers Counseling Project.
The Frontline Workers Counseling Project (FWCP), formerly called the COVID-19 Pro Bono Counseling Project, is an initiative that helps connect frontline workers with free, confidential psychotherapy and counseling. Over 450 licensed and insured professional psychotherapists in the Bay Area have volunteered to offer free services through the FWCP, representing a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds, including psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and marriage and family therapists.
CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT LINE
Physicians’ and Dentists’ Confidential Line
Northern California: (650) 756-7787
Southern California: (213) 383-2691
About the hotline: We are a confidential service dedicated to assisting physicians and dentists who may feel overwhelmed by aspects of their personal or professional lives. Our goal is to help our colleagues before their lives and practices are in jeopardy.
How it works: All calls are completely confidential. Callers are quickly connected to a physician or dentist with extensive experience in helping health professionals having problems with stress, substance abuse or mental health issues. Callers receive the support and referrals needed to better manage whatever issues with which they may be struggling.
Who should call: If you’re a physician or dentist looking for help with substance abuse or a psychological or emotional problem, we’re here to help. If you’re a colleague, family member or friend of a physician or dentist in need of assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.
Managing Mood with Mindfulness
Stress can cause us to put too much focus on negative thoughts and feelings, which can be self-fulfilling as it influences how we perceive and engage with the world. And yet, it is possible to work with our attention to free ourselves from this struggle with negative thoughts. The group program, facilitated by Mark Levine, M.D., MBA, helps physicians create healthy mental conditions by cultivating a gentle and curious attitude of attention to whatever feeling arises. In this way, mindfulness practice helps to reduce suffering, enliven neutral moments and enhance pleasant moments. Like any muscle, this skill can be strengthened by investing a few minutes each day to the practice.
Dr. Levine is a board-certified psychiatrist and founder of Community Psychiatry, a psychiatry practice with 50 offices throughout Northern and Southern California. Dr. Levine, contact him at (800) 571-8072 or email CMA for more information at CMAWellness@wellphysicianca.org.
OTHER WELLNESS TOOLS
Making Healthcare Professionals Happier and Healthier
Headspace is the most science-backed meditation app in the world. Just sitting and meditating with us has been shown to increase happiness and reduce stress and burnout. SCCMA Physicians enjoy a one-year free subscription. When signing up, you will simply need to provide your CMA Membership ID.
What is meditation?
Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
Wellness Resource Library
SCCMA has compiled the following articles, websites, studies, and videos discussing physician burnout, techniques for combatting burnout, stress-reduction tactics, and general wellness information.
In addition, the SCCMA continues to host live seminars and webinars concerning issues and topics surrounding physician wellness, COVID19 stress, and practice management stress. To view a full list of upcoming events, click here.
American Psychiatric Association
Well-Being and Burnout
American Medical Association
Five STEPS to Create a Wellness Culture for Residents and Fellows
The Coalition for Physician Well-Being
Stanford University Wellness Education
Stanford has a Center for Compassion and Altruism Education and Research
El Camino Hospital Community Wellness
Articles, Books, Videos
Battling Burnout: Programs that address the stresses of being a physician begin to show results Dr. Tate Shanafelt, Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford University
Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being
National Academy of Medicine
The Science of Self-Compassion - Meng Wu lecture with Kristin Neff.