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COVID-19 Team Member Support and Wellness Resources

We are facing many unknowns as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disrupts life as we know it. As healthcare providers standing on the front lines of this pandemic, many of us feel vulnerable, anxious, and scared, understandably so. We are concerned about the health and well-being of our loved ones, ourselves, patients, and colleagues. It is hard to put into words the impact of “social distancing” on us as we have been abruptly disconnected in body, mind, and spirit from our normal routines and community and faith support systems that provide meaning in our lives. Many of us are in need of support and are looking for resources. Responding to this need, St. Luke’s Incident Command Center (ICC) created a Wellness Committee to identify the needs of St. Luke’s team members and provide resources available from St. Luke’s and the larger community. Our hope is that through these resources, people will find the support and relief they need. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email co-chairs Dawn DuBois or Renita Heinzl. Click the links below for more information.

Hospital Support Resources
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
Call 314-729-4600 for more information. 

St. Luke’s Employee Crisis Fund 
Call 636-685-7858 for more information.

Emergency Financial Support Resources 
United Way of Greater St. Louis 
Provides resources for the health, education, and financial stability of every person.

Emotional / Mental Health Resources 
National Academy of Medicine:  Action Collaborative on Physician Well-Being and Resilience
Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care.  
 
The Pandemic of Grief
The coronavirus is not only causing a viral pandemic—it is giving rise to a pandemic of grief.
 
Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning
Alongside the physical pandemic, the novel coronavirus is causing a pandemic of grief. It’s important to recognize that.
 
How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus Pandemic
When it comes to painful, complex realities, it can be difficult to know how much we should share with children. Many people have an instinct to protect kids. Here are a few foundational dos and don’ts.
 
Nurturing Hope in Difficult Times
Many are experiencing feelings of grief and are in search of borrowing some much-needed hope, which is indeed the pillar that holds up the world.
 
Funerals in the Time of the Coronavirus
Current social distancing orders and travel restrictions are making funeral planning especially difficult for families during the pandemic.  Thoughts on how to honor loves ones lost during this unprecedented time.
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 
Provides educational, support, and emergency resources to improve the lives of people facing mental health issues. 
7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety 
Offers suggestions, based on psychological science, to help deal with COVID-19 anxiety. 

St. Louis Health Leaders Working Together to Respond to COVID-19 
A message from BJC Healthcare, Mercy, SSM Health, and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Realistic Thinking (PDF) 
Explores how to effectively manage anxiety to reduce feelings of threat and fear. 

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief 
Explores how acknowledging grief may help you manage it better in times of crisis. 

The Corona Virus: Coping with Fear and Uncertainty 
Provides strategies for dealing with the fear and uncertainty associated with COVID-19. 
 
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: Stress and Coping 
Informational resources on stress management for yourselves and your loved ones. 
 
Mental Health Association (MHA) of Eastern Missouri 
Resources to improve lives and promote mental wellness for everyone. 
 
Spiritual / Wellness Support Resources 
Omada Mind
This online program offers support and coaching to St. Luke’s employees and adult family members to help tackle life’s challenges. To join for free, email us to confirm your eligibility and we will send you the code. 

Sanity Survival Tips Video

Meditation & Relaxation Videos

Exercise Videos

Healthy Eating Videos

TUNE INTO DIABETES FLYER (PDF) PDF

DIABETES: YOU CAN MANAGE IT FLYER (PDF) PDF

Free Apps for Mindfulness and Wellness​
  • Headspace - Free, but offers option to upgrade
  • Calm - Free, but offers option to upgrade
  • Aura - Free, but offers option to upgrade
  • Stop, Breath and Think - Free, but offers option to upgrade
  • Insight Timer - Free
  • UCLA Mindful - Free
  • Breathe2Relax - Free
  • Colorfly (Coloring App) - Free, but offers option to upgrade
  • Smiling Mind - Free
Worship Services Videos  

Pastoral Care Services Available for St. Luke’s Team Members (PDF) 
Outlines how to reach Pastoral Care to request support for you and/or your team. 
 
Pastoral Care Department’s Daily Support for St. Luke’s Team Members (PDF) 
Spiritual texts, posters, and pictures to remind us of the Beauty of creation and life. 
 
Care Channel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relaxation and Meditation 
Relax in the healing power of nature and calming instrumental music to find some calm and peace, ease your anxieties, and help create a healing environment.
Calm: Take a Deep Breath 
A collection of meditations, sleep stories, music and more to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. 
 
Daily Inspiration 
A collection of inspiring quotes and words to bring comfort and encouragement. 
 
50 Uplifting Quotes for Difficult Times 
Wisdom quotations to help inspire in times of adversity. 

Self-Care Support Resources 
What is Self-Care?  The Definition of Self-Care
Explores the benefits of self-care and the different types of self-care, including suggestions for self-care ideas and practices in each type of self-care mentioned.
 
The Art of Self-Care
Discusses how to overcome barriers to self-care, make time and space for ourselves, and get over residual emotional guilt, which is critical for our well-bring and happiness individually and communally.  

Self-Care for Carers
Tips for overcoming your barriers to self-care when you care for others.

Mindful Self-Care with Shelly Tygielski
In this 8-part series, you'll learn to nourish the core of your being in a way that will help you weather uncertainty, communicate and listen with compassion, and help you work together towards a better, shared future for us all. Self-care is not frivolous; self-care is a radical act of love. 

45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul
Explanation of self-care and tips for how to practice self-care in body, mind, and soul.
 
Coping Calendar (PDF) 
30 Actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together.
 
One Community
Visit the St. Luke’s employee wellness website for tools to keep you motivated and well, such as meal plans, recipes, workout videos, nutrition, sleep, and activity trackers. Log into your account and click on the wellness tab at the top of the page.

Start Simple with My Plate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (PDF) 
Guide from the USDA containing information on food planning, what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.

Sleeping Well During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF) 
General sleep guidelines to help you sleep, how to address challenges with sleeping, tips for good sleep hygiene when working, and a brief explanation of the connection between sleep and mood. 
 
Physician-Specific Resources
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