The first edition of our new Mental Health Playbook is now available. The Playbook was created to provide planning and implementation strategies to support the current and long-term mental and emotional wellbeing of healthcare workforces. It is intended to be a “living” document that will continue to evolve and adapt as we navigate our way through and hopefully past the current pandemic into a new normal. Future iterations will address the expected increase in the mental health needs of our healthcare workers to come.
The Playbook provides a way for healthcare organizations to assess the overall mental health of their workforce, create a strong strategy to meet those needs and implement the plan in a fast yet effective manner. The Playbook outlines both universal stressors, and unique stressors affecting specific roles within organizations, from support services, to leadership, to those on the frontlines treating COVID-19 patients.
The Mental Health Playbook outlines three Pillars of Implementation for providing mental health support:
Users of the Playbook can further define each Pillar based on a series of workbook-style questions. It also includes specific examples of what ICSI refers to as “Promising Practices” from healthcare organizations are also included in the Playbook.
The Mental Health Playbook has its origins in an ongoing bi-weekly webinar open to healthcare leaders across the United States. These collaborative discussions were initiated to address the growing concern over the mental health and wellbeing of the healthcare workforce facing the challenges of COVID-19. During these webinars, healthcare leaders in the community share existing and emerging practices being used to support staff mental health. More information about upcoming Mental Health Support sessions can be found here.