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Your Well-Being throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Large-scale disasters, whether traumatic, natural, or environmental, are almost always accompanied by increases in depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder, a broad range of other mental and behavioral disorders, domestic violence, and child abuse.1

As health care professionals around the world watched their counterparts in China, Italy, and South Korea battle COVID-19, the onset of psychological ramifications started to surface.2 A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that among 1,257 health care workers treating COVID-19 patients in China, 50.4 percent reported symptoms of depression, 44.6 percent reported symptoms of anxiety, 34 percent reported insomnia, and 71.5 percent reported distress.3 

Within the context of the pandemic, it is anticipated that there will be “substantial increases in anxiety and depression, substance use, loneliness, and domestic violence; and with schools closed, there is a very real possibility of an epidemic of child abuse.”1

As COVID-19 continues to reveal the burnout, stress, fatigue, and more that health care professionals are compelled to manage during the course of their careers, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is committed to helping clinicians navigate their well-being throughout this time and beyond. 

One step you can take today is to use the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Well-Being Index. This video guide is a useful resource for understanding how to use the Well-Being Index. To start using the tool, Associate Fellows and Fellows can use the code fellow20 and resident surgeons can use the code resident20. As always, the Well-Being Index is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score are private and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS. Access for international members is not yet available.


Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Health Care Workers in Singapore Source: Annals of Internal Medicine

The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical Distancing, The Need for Prevention and Early Intervention Source: JAMA

Mental Wellbeing for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic Source: The Joint Commission

Health Care Workforce

Staying Sane and Current on COVID-19 Source: MedPage Today

Managing mental health during COVID-19 Source: American Medical Association

Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Webinars, Virtual Supportive Gatherings, Podcasts, and More

Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis for Health Care Providers Webinar Series Source: University of California-San Francisco

Talks for when you feel totally burned out Source: Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED)

COVID-19 and Anxiety: Actionable Tools for the Care Team Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

Disaster Responder Assets Network Peer Support Meeting


  1. Galea S, Merchant RM, Lurie N. The mental health consequences of COVID-19 and physical distancing: The need for prevention and early intervention. JAMA Intern Med. April 10, 2020. Available at: Accessed April 22, 2020.
  2. Block A. Doctors and nurses are already feeling the psychic shock of treating the coronavirus. Washington Post. March 18, 2020. Available at: Accessed April 22, 2020.
  3. Lai J, Simeng Ma S, Wang Y, et al. Factors associated with mental health outcomes among health care workers exposed to Coronavirus disease 2019. JAMA. March 23, 2020. Available at: Accessed April 22, 2020.