At Mount Sinai, we have seen the challenges played out over our eight hospitals and medical school during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the trauma and grief of losing patients, as well as the fears and anxieties about our health and the health of our family members. We also bring the depth and breadth of our understanding and skills developed over many decades, including our 20-year history as an institution caring for responders to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This collective expertise in trauma and resilience guides us in developing evidence-based interventions to help our employees, by giving them tools to manage ongoing stressors in their lives.
Studies of disaster responders, including health care workers, show concerning rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, alcohol misuse, anxiety, and burnout. But research also shows that stressful experiences can bring out strengths and promote personal growth. At Mount Sinai, we want to help our employees manage and mitigate distress and grow from challenges. To do that, we provide services designed to promote recovery and resilience including resilience workshops, behavioral health treatment, and our app. We hope our model can serve to help health care systems, institutions, and communities worldwide.
Many other Mount Sinai offices and departments also provide supportive services to all faculty, staff, and trainees. Our partners include:
- Office of Well-Being and Resilience
- Talent Development and Learning
- Mount Sinai Calm
- Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance
- Department of Psychiatry
In addition, we study resilience, traumatic stress, and depression and collaborate with the Depression and Anxiety Center for Discovery and Treatment.
Our efforts take many forms. Each service we offer allows us to learn more about how to better help our workers and those at other health systems facing similar challenges. We strive to contribute to best practices in supporting health care workers.
At Mount Sinai, we take care of our own.