About the Webinar
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.
Dr. Blaise Aguirre offers strategies from dialectical behavior therapy to help mental health professionals and health care workers cope with the challenges they are facing during COVID-19.
This content is also available in Spanish.
Dr. Aguirre also answers a few questions from attendees:
- How do I comfort patients and colleagues when I’m feeling so uncertain and scared?
- How can I help minimize anxiety at home when my loved ones are worried about me, or when I’m worried about a loved one’s exposure?
- I’m not a health care worker but my loved one is. How can I provide support to them in such a worrisome time?
- How can I talk to my social circles about emergency plans without upsetting them?
About Dr. Aguirre
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.
More COVID-19 Resources
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.