In honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month, we are looking to sustain our impact supporting clinicians who work with historically marginalized communities, many of whom face the highest mortality during the COVID pandemic. Our recent efforts include launching the podcast "We Do Hope," six-part series presents easy-to-absorb material through a conversational format, briefly exploring topics such as chronic sorrow and self-compassion. With the help of our supporters, we aim to do even more.
At Witness to Witness, we strive to provide support to the clinicians who work with historically marginalized communities, many of whom come from the same communities they serve: largely working class with little or no access to remote work, precisely the people who had the highest mortality during the COVID pandemic. These clinicians report deep satisfaction with their work, nevertheless also express exhaustion, moral distress, anger, and despair due to the challenging nature of their jobs.
Witness to Witness supports clinicians who work with historically marginalized communities by acknowledging their distress and providing multiple frameworks for understanding their biological, psychological, and organizational dynamics. This allows clinicians to develop specific remediation strategies in collaboration with clinicians from other parts of the country experiencing similar stressors in the work environment. Sharing promotes community, a major factor that enhances well-being.
Since the onset of the pandemic, clinicians have weathered unparalleled amounts of stress in the care they provide to others. Numerous empirical studies have underscored the importance of attending to stress for wellness, and the health of a community is heavily impacted by the position of the clinicians serving at the frontlines. Providing attentive, meaningful resources to clinicians will, in turn, generate improved long-term outcomes for the communities in which these providers live and work.
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