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Resources to Support Your Well-being During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of infection can be overwhelming and anxiety inducing. Still OPTI has compiled resources to support your well-being, which include coping strategies and counseling support services available to physicians.

It is imperative we take care of ourselves and our colleagues to minimize psychological stress and to also best serve patients.

  • Please make it a priority to connect with your colleagues, your residents, and other providers to support each other and let others know they’re not alone.
  • Practice compassion and respect during this challenging time as this crisis may be taking an emotional toll on others with whom we work.

If you are in crisis and need immediate response, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741 or dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services.

Develop self-care practice to stay mentally healthy. Below are some tips.

  • Develop an intentional morning routine. Choose the tone for your day, such as quiet time to read.
  • Practice gratitude, prayer, or meditation.
  • Get showered and dressed even if you have nowhere to go.
  • Make time for meaningful social interaction with your inner circle.
  • Choose when to watch or read the news, maybe once a day to avoid stress.
  • Honor your body’s need for sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours.
  • Eat well to take care of your nutritional needs.
  • Exercise. Even 5 minutes can make a difference.
  • Get outside. Spend some time in nature.
  • Make time to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Consider journaling; remember to mention your wins and accomplishments.
  • Limit television and computer use before bed.

Stress and anxiety management and coping strategies | Recordings

Wellness Apps

  • Calm -Meditation and Sleep
  • CBT-i Coach -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

COVID Ready Communication Skills

NRMC Professional Support

Missouri Physicians Health Program
1-800-958-7124

Physician Support Line
1.888.409.0141

ATSU-KCOM Behavioral Health and Wellness Counseling provides free and confidential  Zoom counseling services for NRMC residents.  To schedule an appointment, click here or call 660.626.2751.

For emergencies, call 800.356.5395 (Mark Twain Behavioral Health) or dial 911.

Clergy Support
Jeremy Broach – Non-Denominational
jeremybroach@gmail.com
660.342.6797

Carrol Davenport – Hospice Chaplain
davenport1959@yahoo.com
660.349.1888

Maria Evans – Episcopalian
MLEvans327@gmail.com
660.216.2727

Amy Fallon – Episcopalian
amy.fallon08@gmail.com
815.901.3614

David Lukefahr – Lutheran
revluke@sbcglobal.net
660 342 3900 cell

Richard Nations – Baptist
rdnations@gmail.com
660.342.7658

Steven Nelson – Baptist
steven.nelson49@yahoo.com
573.823.0487

Bob Shaffer – Non-Denominational
robertwshaffer@gmail.com
660.342.0413

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