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Building resilience among healthcare workers who are struggling

Champaign, Ill. — Healthcare workers in the United States face increasing demands,
and that added stress is contributing to the decline in their mental health.

Working in healthcare can be extremely challenging and stressful due to long hours,
extra shifts, and the emotional toll of losing patients. The long-term effects of stress and trauma that come with the job can dramatically impact their mental health and well-being.

Experiencing stress and trauma over a long period can lead to a range of emotional and
behavioral responses, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating,
and physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches.

These reactions are normal and understandable, given the circumstances. When it
begins to affect an individual’s mental health, it’s important to recognize and address
these issues, seek support from loved ones or mental health professionals, and practice
self-care to manage the effects of cumulative stress and trauma.

“Healthcare workers may endure challenging and stressful work environments that can
negatively impact their well-being and mental health. Those who commit their own lives
to support wellness for others are not immune to the emotional toll their work can take,
and it is through active practices of resilience skills that they can maintain their own
health and continue their passion to serve others,” said Dr. Greg Tierney, Vice
President of Clinical Operations for Rosecrance Behavioral Health.

To continue to support those who are often there during a health-related need,
Rosecrance Behavioral Health offers outpatient and residential treatment that is
designed with healthcare workers in mind. The expanded program supports common
needs among veterans and other frontline workers and addresses co-occurring
disorders such as substance use, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.

To learn more about Rosecrance Behavioral Health’s robust Resilience Program, call


Lindsey Salvatelli
Rosecrance Health Network

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a national leader in mental health and addiction treatment. The nonprofit
organization provides residential and outpatient services and recovery living settings in
Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Rosecrance serves over 50,000 individuals at more than
60 locations, furthering its mission to provide help, hope, and lasting recovery to
children, youth, adults, and families. The organization was founded in 1916. Visit or call 815-391-1000 or 888-928-5278 for more information.

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