Parkdale Center and AANA Launch Free Virtual Support for Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19
By: Parkdale Center
"Across the nation, people are taking cover and isolating themselves, while healthcare professionals are put in harm's way daily. They are witnessing the unimaginable. Providing care to COVID-19 patients, healthcare professions are seeing first-hand the uncertainty and progression of the virus. They also worry about their own health, which takes an emotional, mental and physical toll," said Parkdale Center CEO Rodrigo Garcia, MBA, APN-BC, MSN, CRNA.
The partnership is among the first to provide a variety of resources and free virtual support groups including peer-support and sessions facilitated by mental health clinicians for all frontline healthcare professionals.
"AANA has a long history of addressing, promoting, and supporting the well-being of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists. We are proud to partner with Parkdale in the 'Support The Front' program, where healthcare professionals including CRNAs have a means to share experiences, concerns, and struggles," said AANA CEO Randall D. Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA.
According to Garcia, frontline workers "are suddenly and regularly dealing with significant stress, anxiety, and trauma. Our bodies and minds are not prepared or equipped to handle this. Without a healthy means to cope and receive professional support when needed, maladaptive responses to these repeated traumatic events may result in mental breakdowns, emotional instability, physical health manifestations, or increased drug or alcohol use."
As a substance use disorder and dual diagnosis treatment facility, the Parkdale team is positioned to identify increased risk factors that, if left unaddressed and untreated, can lead to other problems. Education, prevention and early awareness are vital.
"Support The Front" virtual support groups are free for all healthcare professionals serving on the frontlines of care, along with their support networks. The program serves as a comprehensive resource hub designed to provide support and safe refuge so that those caring for others can continue more effectively.
Visit supportthefront.com to access a comprehensive resource hub and information on support groups. If you are struggling and need immediate assistance, call 888-855-1058.