After more than two years of working through the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare workers continue to face unprecedented levels of exhaustion, stress and frustration. As well as the sheer volume of work and the relentless demand for services, during the pandemic, our healthcare workers have been confronted with a range of moral stressors that can challenge their personal sense of right and wrong or professional ethics. Read more.
What’s on our website?
Since the new Responder Assist website launched on 24 May, it’s been getting lots of traction, and we’ve had some great feedback.
One of the key areas of interest for our audiences is the resources section. If you haven’t yet taken a peek at these resources, then you might be interested to know what kind of things you can find. In this article, we’ll highlight a few of our favourites, and share some direct links.
The new Responder Assist website houses a range of resources that emergency workers and those supporting or treating them may find useful. Resources include a set of handy downloadable fact sheets that can be viewed online or printed out and kept nearby for ease of access.
One such fact sheet offers advice for emergency workers that may be looking to help themselves recover after a traumatic event.
After such an event, emergency workers might experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger, or grief. They may find it hard to cope, and it might take a while to come to terms with what has happened. The “Helping yourself after a traumatic event” fact sheet will provide emergency workers with some ideas to help them manage in the days and weeks after experiencing trauma.
Friends, family and supporters can also find fact sheets on helping emergency workers to recover on the new Responder Assist website.
One of the Responder Assist videos that they may find particularly helpful is a Responder Assist video designed to help friends and family understand what trauma is and how it can challenge our sense of safety. The video uses animations and everyday language to help make the topic accessible. It also highlights some common symptoms to look out for in our loved ones.
The Responder Assist website offers a wealth of information for clinicians treating emergency workers.
Along with a number of training opportunities and general emergency services agency information, the site includes a number of key clinical resources. One resource that may be particularly useful for clinicians is the sleep toolkit, as sleep disturbances are common in the days and weeks after experiencing a disaster or a traumatic event. Good sleep is fundamental to health and wellbeing, and it allows the body to repair and the brain to consolidate memories and process information. Sleep is a modifiable health behaviour and one that can respond well to a range of relatively straightforward interventions.
The sleep toolkit includes information about different evidence-based techniques and therapies that may help you in treating emergency workers.
We will add to these online resources as we continue to grow the Responder Assist offering. In the meantime, we hope you find the new website to be a helpful hub of emergency worker mental health content. Want to keep up-to-date with all things Responder Assist? Subscribe to our mailing list here.