Clinic to support mental health of health care providers during COVID-19 pandemic

May 25, 2020

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health and well-being of our health care providers. These effects will continue far after vaccines and treatments are in place. Many health care providers have described experiencing increased anxiety, insomnia, worry about potential supply shortages and difficult patient care decisions, as well as concerns about their health and the health of their families.

A significant number of health care providers may develop long-term difficulties like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, substance use problems, or burn-out as a result of this pandemic. A recent study of providers responding to COVID-19 in China noted a significant increase of anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms among physicians, nurses, and other medical providers.

Recognizing the importance of early intervention, the MUSC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences designed a COVID-19 Resiliency Clinic for MUSC health care providers.

Resiliency Clinic services:

Individual early intervention sessions

Brief COVID-19 specific stress management and resiliency bolstering coping strategies within one-to-four individual telehealth clinical support sessions. These sessions focus on learning tools to manage and cope with stressors related to COVID-19 care.

Virtual support groups

Groups focus on sharing and learning coping strategies on managing distress during COVID-19.

Streamlined access

Individuals who need more formal, long-term therapy or medication management are offered prioritized scheduling within the department's Sleep & Anxiety Treatment & Research Program.

For more information, please contact Melissa Milanak, Ph.D. at milanak@musc.edu or 843-792-0042.