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COVID-19 Is Inducing Widespread Emotional Distress: ACS Resources Can Help

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Uncertain prognoses, looming severe shortages of resources for testing and treatment and for protecting responders and health care providers from infection, imposition of unfamiliar public health measures that infringe on personal freedoms, large and growing financial losses, and conflicting messages from authorities are among the major stressors that undoubtedly will contribute to widespread emotional distress and increased risk for psychiatric illness associated with COVID-19.”*

As individuals, families, and communities build their resilience to navigate COVID-19, the trauma experiences expose risks for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health issues. The loss of needs being met, individuals becoming more vulnerable, and continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 drives the need for cultivating well-being to manage the negative symptoms of these disorders.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of life, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) remains committed to your well-being and providing resources and tools to support you as you continue to adjust to life amid the pandemic.

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.

Mental Health

I Can’t Turn My Brain Off: PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers Source: New York Times
Health Workers Become Unexpected Targets During COVID-19 Source: The Economist
Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic* Source: NEJM
Mental Health Care for Medical Staff and Affiliated Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic Source: European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care
Cultivating Deliberate Resilience During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Source: JAMA
COVID-19: Peer Support and Crisis Communication Strategies to Promote Institutional Resilience Source: Annals of Internal Medicine

Intimate Partner Violence

‘There’s No Escape’: Coronavirus Prompts New Tactics to Fight Domestic Violence Source: Wall Street Journal
Is Domestic Violence Rising During the Coronavirus Shutdown? Here’s What the Data Shows. Source: The Marshall Project
An Increasing Risk of Family Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strengthening Community Collaborations to Save Lives Source: Forensics Science International: Reports

Diversity and Inclusion

Inequity in Crisis Standards of Care Source: NEJM
Combating Bias and Stigma Related to COVID-19 Source: APA
State, Local Officials Highlight Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Deaths Source: US News
How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism Source: Teaching Tolerance

Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus Source: The Atlantic
Boston Doctor Becomes Victim of COVID-19 Racism. Here Is How We Should Respond Source: Forbes
Coronavirus: Fear of Asians Rooted in Long American History of Prejudicial Policies Source: UC Berkeley
What the COVID-19 Pandemic Tells Us About Gender Equality Source: World Economic Forum
COVID-19 Will Pass. Will We Be Able to Say the Same About the Racism It Has Illuminated? Source: STAT

Pay Equity and Employment

Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors’ Hours and Pay Source: ProPublica
COVID-19 Hits Some Health Care Workers With Pay Cuts And Layoffs Source: NPR
Equal Pay Day More Important Than Ever Amid COVID-19 Source: The Hill
Navigating Physician Employment during COVID-19: Know Your Rights Source: AMA
COVID-19 Crisis—Road Map for Navigating Key Physician Compensation Issues Source: BKD

Health Care Leadership

Mindset Matters: 4 Mental Health Strategies To Increase Organizational Strength During COVID-19 Source: Forbes
How UCSF Created An App to Monitor Staff for COVID-19—and Support Their Mental Health Source: AdvisoryBoard
How Diversity Heads Are Steering Their Companies through The COVID-19 Crisis Source: Forbes
Diversity & Inclusion Must Remain Front and Center in a COVID-19 World Source: Diversity Best Practices
COVID-19: Peer Support and Crisis Communication Strategies to Promote Institutional Resilience Source: Annals of Internal Medicine