Our caregivers and other front line and essential workers are experiencing additional stressors related to the current pandemic. You may be managing ever-changing regulations and demands, re-assignment to other roles, personal isolation from family and friends, moral injury, and general fatigue. We have developed additional resources for all Stony Brook employees. Call our COVID help line at 631-632-CHAT (2428) to be connected to appropriate support and other resources.
Click here to read more about the pandemic initiatives we implemented to support the mental health of our healthcare workers at Stony Brook.
- Express COVID-19 Testing Lane for Caregivers
- Virtual Resources
- Employee Assistance Program
- Pandemic Stress Reactions for Families of First Responders and Essential Workers
Stony Brook employees can call the coronavirus phone triage line to be evaluated by a registered nurse who will direct them to the appropriate healthcare setting for assistance. Employees may be referred for same day COVID-19 testing at South P-Lot.
The COVID-19 Triage Hotline (631) 638-1320 is available every day, 8 am-12 midnight, for all Stony Brook Medicine employees and the public.
As part of our initiative to expand services under social distancing guidelines, we have a number of resources available via Microsoft Teams®, the video conferencing app available to all Stony Brook Medicine employees. You can sign in through SBM Office 365 or by downloading the application directly.
- Wellness Champions Channel: This channel includes updates on available support and wellness resources include tips for managing stress and anxiety, mindfulness exercises, and other local and virtual resources.
- Community Messages of Support: This channel hosts our Not all Heroes Wear Capes initiative. Tune in to view the many messages of gratitude and support from our communities that offer hope and relief during this stressful time.
- Daily Mindfulness Meditation: Join this team for access to our daily mindfulness meditation meetings, Monday through Friday, at 8 am and 12 pm. We engage in brief relaxation and mindfulness activities, discuss helpful coping strategies, and share our experiences of managing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential place to discuss options for managing any personal or workplace issue. Led by Colleen Stanley, LMFT, CEAP, our Employee Assistance Program has an evolving employee resource guide for managing the coronavirus pandemic and can be contacted for more specific requests including connection to mental health resources, financial resources, Hardship Fund, child care resources, addiction resources, domestic violence and suicide prevention resources, etc. Wellness resources and tips for managing stress can be found at Happier U. You can reach out directly to our EAP: email@example.com or 631-632-6085.
Pandemic Stress Reactions for Families of First Responders and Essential Workers
Join Alison Byers, PsyD, and Janet Jackowski, LCSW, CASAC, to learn about the unique type of stress that families of first responders and essential workers are under due to COVID-19, and what you can do to help reduce anxiety for the people you care about and yourself. View video here.