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EAP Support for the Mass General Brigham Community Impacted by the Tragic event in Minneapolis

The event in Minneapolis involving the killing of George Floyd is tragic and disturbing to everyone across the country. For some, this incident may be particularly traumatic and triggering. This comes at a time where many are already coping with significant stress related to COVID-19. The EAP is available to help you. Please call us at 1-866-724-4327 to schedule an appointment to discuss this or any other stress you may be experiencing. 

Recording of Mass General Brigham Town Hall: Trauma of Violence, Racism and COVID-19

Employees from across the system joined together to engage in an important conversation on the profound trauma experienced by Black communities as a result of structural racism. 

The conversation features:

  • Denise Butler-Mackay, MSW, Co-Director Racial Justice & Equality Initiatives, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
  • David C. Henderson, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Division of Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine  
  • Liz Walker, Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Moderated by:

  • Timothy Ewing, PhD, VP, Employee Diversity, Inclusion and Experience, Brigham Health

Click here to watch a recording of the town hall 


Recording Available! Sponsored by Mass General Brigham Diversity Dialogues: What Leaders Can do to Address Systemic Racism
More than 1,700 employees joined the first Diversity Dialogues session: What Leaders Can do to Address Systemic Racism.

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts moderated a discussion on understanding the effects of structural racism and what leaders in our organization can do to stand against racism. Panelists included:

  • Joanne Marqusee, MPP, President and CEO, Cooley Dickinson Health Care
  • Dani Monroe, MSOD, Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Mass General Brigham
  • Phillip L. Rice, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine, North Shore Medical Center
  • Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Watch a recording of the session anytime online.

 

Supports and Resources for Recognizing and Coping with Racism  



How to Address Race and Racism with Children   new!

Tips and Tools for Parenting in the Face of Racial Oppression 
Developed through collaboration among The Resilience Project, the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Health Equity Task Force

Children start to internalize racial bias between ages two and four. By age 12, many children are set in their racial belief systems. Educating children early can help to create the foundations for self-confidence, good “upstander” behavior and lifelong resilience. All parents should:

  • Emphasize that violence, abuse and bullying are not okay.
  • No matter what, keep talking and keep engaging.
  • Plan for a marathon, not a sprint.

Click here to see the full list of tips and resources, including specific recommendations for parents of color, white parents of white children and white parents seeking to nurture their children of color. 

Additional Resources:



Resources for Understanding Racial Disparities in Healthcare



Recovering Our Breath Discussions   new

As a follow-up to their town hall, the Mass General Brigham Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is offering all employees an opportunity to come together in small groups to talk about the impact of the trauma of violence, racism and COVID-19. These voluntary sessions will allow you to talk with other employees about what you are feeling, thinking and holding inside at this time. Each session will be 60 minutes long, led by a trauma-informed facilitator, and have a maximum of 14 participants. Click here to learn more.


Self-Care When You are Experiencing Stress or Trauma

Adapted from: www.CommunityHealingNet.org; www.ABPsi.org 

These are extraordinarily stressful times. Here are some things you can do.

  • Self-monitor for signs of stress and trauma. Be familiar with the signs of too much stress and get help or support. Accept that you may not  identify your own problematic stress reactions...be open to support and feedback from others.  
  • Restore the well that is within you. Take a break from social media and the news – fill the depleted well with positive, comforting thoughts and experiences, rest, relaxation and energizing activities. Remember that our social resources are important to our well­being. Be intentionally kind and gentle with yourself and those around you—especially loved ones.  
  • Let others replenish the well. Ask for help. Seek out comfort and conversation with those who love and understand you. A crucial source of our strength and well­being comes from the quality of the nurturing relationships we have with others.  
  • Stay spiritually grounded; this may include prayer and/or mindfulness. Whatever your higher power ..this is the time to connect with it and allow it to steady the ground beneath you, restore balance to your mind, still your heart, calm your spirit and embolden your soul.  

  • Remember your body. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and gentle stretching. Release energy, tension and the strain to the body that comes from carrying stress and trauma. Walk, exercise, dance, stretch and do whatever suits you...but do something physical. Get rest...getting enough sleep is especially important now. And remember to BREATHE. Stress can make you hold your breath. Breathe deeply. Let go. Relax your shoulders and breathe deeply. Limit the comfort junk food...feed yourself healthy food that brings energy and recharges the body. Avoid/minimize using alcohol, tobacco, drugs and excessive caffeine to cope.  

  • Stay informed but monitor how often you get the news. This can be triggering. Periodically turn off the news and tune into self­care. Perhaps watch a sitcom or videos of cute animals instead. 
     
  • Again, be intentionally kind and gentle with yourself and those around youespecially loved ones!  

  • Laugh more. Practice random acts of kindness. Use positive “self-talk” and positive attitudes and talk to people you trust. 



Relevant Notices From Mass General Brigham 

 

If your feelings of worry, stress or anxiety become prolonged or too intense, contact the EAP at 866-724-4327.


This content was last modified on: 06/26/2020

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