Mental health resources for employees involved in the COVID-19 response 

Employees from departments across King County have been involved in the COVID-19 response for many months now. While emergency response work is rewarding, the long hours, breadth of demands, and exposure to human suffering can adversely affect the most seasoned responder. As we transition our pandemic response into the autumn and prepare to add in both the seasonal flu and the mental health crisis that experts are warning is ahead, there is a likeliness this already difficult work will become more so. 

Studies of emergency responders from 9/11 show that those involved in mental health support services, such as one-on-one counseling or support groups, have improved mental health outcomes. During Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, Balanced You reminds employees involved in the COVID-19 response that we are here for you in providing these types of programs to support you. Please visit this Balanced You blog post for resources to help you attend to your own emotional well-being as you lead King County through the pandemic. 

If you find you cannot take the time to attend to your own well-being, please communicate this concern to your HR manager or supervisor. Your well-being is as important as the well-being of the community you serve.