Real-Time Support for Healthcare Workers
Even before COVID-19, healthcare workers were vulnerable to depression and suicide. Since the pandemic, healthcare workers have faced overwhelming conditions that place enormous stress on their mental health.
We need to protect the health of these healthcare heroes, ensuring that they get the care that they deserve and are in the position to effectively care for the patients that rely on their sound judgment.
Developed by the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, UNC Health, and X Development, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Heroes Health is an app-based initiative that provides healthcare workers with an easy way to track their mental health and access crisis support and resources when they need help.
These assessments help workers self-monitor their mental well-being in the same way that they might monitor their blood pressure or other vital signs.
For healthcare organizations who partner with Heroes Health, the app provides a way to identify when and where more support for workers is needed. Communities need this valuable information to effectively care for one another.
To help launch the Heroes Health assessment system, One Mind is hosting a GoFundMe fundraiser, as part of a larger ongoing campaign aimed at expanding the program nationwide.
Help save the lives of our healthcare heroes by donating today!
Please share this with friends and family who can make a difference for those on the front lines, as well as loved ones in the healthcare field who may need the app themselves.
HOW HEROES HEALTH WORKS:
Through Heroes Health, workers are notified each week to take a 5-10 minute mental health assessment. Once the assessment is completed, the app displays a brief summary of the user’s mental well-being along with trends in their reported mental health over time. Workers can also use Heroes Health to give feedback on quality and quantity of PPE, support for workers, and organizational communication.
The Heroes Health app provides links for healthcare workers to access immediate support and mental health resources for issues like sleep and stress, emphasizing services that are free or low-cost.
For individuals who join the program through a healthcare institution, anonymous information from all workers at that institution is summarized weekly for review by leadership at the organization. This data will enable leaders to identify times and areas that would benefit from additional support.
The Heroes Health team includes healthcare providers, mental health researchers, epidemiologists, product managers, software engineers, data scientists and machine learning researchers/engineers and volunteers across Alphabet.
The principal investigator of the Heroes Health study is Dr. Samuel McLean, Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator and Director of the Institute for Trauma Recovery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine. McLean’s Co-Principal Investigator is Ron Kessler, PhD, McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McLean and Dr. Kessler are co-principle investigators on the AURORA Study on trauma and post-traumatic stress that One Mind also supports.
HEROES HEALTH COLLABORATORS:
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry at Harvard University
Christopher Jones, MD, a frontline emergency physician and head of clinical research at Cooper University Health
Francesca Beaudoin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University
Karestan Koenen, PhD, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Harvard University School of Public Health
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina
By donating today you can be a helper to the most amazing healthcare heroes on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic who every day are risking their lives for the rest of us. If you would rather donate to this campaign on our One Mind website, you can do so here. If you’d rather donate offline, please email email@example.com.