The Mount Sinai Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth takes a multi-disciplinary approach to building resilience and addressing the psychosocial effects of COVID-19 on our health care workers.
At the Mount Sinai Health System, we appreciate the toll fighting COVID-19 is taking on all of our health care workers including but not limited to our doctors, nurses, trainees, students, chaplains, social workers, researchers, and support staff. We know the many strengths that our workers have brought to bear in the fight against the coronavirus and our goal is to support those strengths and foster growth. In parallel, our treatment services address the many ways the pandemic and other stressors have affected our workforce. We understand the trauma and grief of losing patients, the anxiety over potentially exposing family members to the virus, and fears of contracting COVID-19 as a health care worker, and other uncertainties.
As a health system with a medical school, we are well-situated to appreciate the magnitude of COVID-19’s effect on our health care workers. While the full impact of COVID-19 will become more fully known over time, our experience working with traumatic events such as the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks indicates that the emotional toll of the pandemic will be high. Previous studies of disaster responders indicate that they are at elevated risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, alcohol misuse, anxiety, and burnout. We also know that these experiences can bring out strengths and promote personal growth.
The goal of the Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth is to help our workers recover and even become more resilient, helping to ensure the future of our health care system. The new Center collaborates with and complements other Mount Sinai programs, such as those organized by the Office of Well-Being and Resilience, Talent Development and Learning, Mount Sinai Calm, the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance, and the Department of Psychiatry. We focus on outreach, education, and research.
At Mount Sinai, we take care of our own. At the same time, we hope our efforts will serve as a model for institutions and communities around the globe.