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April 2, 2020
We are living in challenging times, and the compassionate team at McLean Hospital recognizes how stressful the COVID-19 pandemic is for everyone, particularly clinicians. Like health care professionals around the globe, we have a common goal of ensuring that the people in our communities are supported when they need it the most.
While so many are working around the clock to support others, now is also the time that the clinical community needs to take care of its own mental health and that of its colleagues. Clinicians are all working hard to balance the stress of an uncertain future regarding their families and patients. We need to acknowledge that there is no shame in admitting that we are stressed and tired and in need of support.
In a live presentation on April 2, 2020, Blaise Aguirre, MD, offered strategies from dialectical behavior therapy to help mental health professionals and health care workers from all disciplines cope with the challenges they are facing during COVID-19.
Watch the webinar recording and learn more about Dr. Aguirre’s tips for health care professionals. The webinar is available with English captions or subtitles in Spanish and Hindi.
According to Aguirre, “The agitated, irritable, anxious mind cannot think effectively.”
“As mental health providers and as caregivers, we too are just as vulnerable to the dysregulating effects of significant anxiety,” Aguirre says. “Some of us don’t always model emotion regulation particularly well when we are overtly stressed. However, we can employ the very skills we teach our patients.”
Dr. Aguirre also provided answers to viewer questions. Read his tips to promote clinician self-care.
Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical director of McLean’s 3East continuum of care, an array of programs for teens that use DBT to target self-endangering behaviors as well as the symptoms of borderline personality disorder.
Learn more about Dr. Aguirre.
It’s important to think about ways to manage your mental health during these difficult times. McLean is committed to providing mental health and self-care resources for all who may need them. You and your family may find these strategies from McLean experts helpful to feel mentally balanced and safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
Learn more on our COVID-19 mental health resources page.