Free Tools to Support the Mental Health and Resilience of All Nurses
ANA Well-Being Initiative, a site for Free Tools to Support the Mental Health and Resilience of All Nurses during COVID-19, including Moodfit and Happy Apps
Every day, across the nation, millions of nurses are experiencing extraordinary stress and other impacts to their mental health and well-being as the coronavirus pandemic progresses.
The American Nurses Foundation launched—in partnership with four leading nurse organizations—the Well-Being Initiative to offer resources that focus on caring for nurses as they tirelessly care for others.
Here, you have access to a suite of free tools and resources specifically designed to support your mental health and well-being during this time.
Tools & Resources
Nurses Together: Connecting Through Conversations
There is huge value in peer support during times of crisis.
Please join us for voice and video calls that bring nurses together and provide a safe space to talk openly about self-care and wellness, recovery and resilience, care dilemmas, bereavement, and more.
The one-hour, volunteer-led sessions are proudly held seven days a week by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
See the schedule and register for upcoming conversations here.
Moodfit Mobile App
Self-care is critical for nurses—especially now, when work and life stresses are intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Moodfit app supports many aspects of your overall wellness, allowing you to set personal goals related to exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, track your progress, and set-up convenient activity reminders.
To access Moodfit, download the app at https://www.getmoodfit.com/anf
As a nurse, you know that empathy, listening and connection make all the difference. You need the same support you give patients—especially now.
The Happy app has been adapted especially for nurses as you manage the stress, anxiety, fear, and isolation that comes with working on the frontlines.
Enjoy 24/7, one-on-one access to our Support Giver team members from the comfort and privacy of your home. You talk and they listen—with open ears and zero judgment.
Narrative Expressive Writing
Help process your experiences related to COVID-19 with this five-week guided narrative writing program.
Participants are invited to respond anonymously to weekly prompts that are reviewed and responded to by trained professionals.
Pilot program capacity is limited. Sign up to participate here.
Mental Health Support Services
Looking for help and not sure where to start? Use this Nurses’ Guide to Mental Health Support Services to better understand what support systems and services are available to you and how to locate them. From peer support options to easy and anonymous ways to find a mental health provider, this guide breaks down what you need to know and do to locate the mental health support that is right for you. You are not alone!
The following offer free and discounted mental health treatment to nurses:
Coronavirus Online Therapy
Therapists offering short-term, pro-bono or low fee online sessions to “front line” or “essential” workers (someone who does not have the privilege to work from home, or “shelter in place”). Learn more here.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour’s Hospital Heroes Program provides six hours of free, confidential, mental health support to all hospital-based essential employees in the states of NY, NJ, and CT as well as their loved ones. Learn more here.
Talkspace Online Counseling
Discounted online therapy in the form of text, audio and video calls with a licensed therapist. Download the Talkspace app from the App Store or Google Play and register with your NPI and/or work badge. Once verified for eligibility, you will be provided 50% off your first month of any plan. Learn more here.
Join ANA Enterprise’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN), a free nurse wellness initiative that has a multitude of resources to support your well-being. Visit HNHN’s blog Mental Health Help for Nurses for specific resources to support your well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nurses House, a national fund for nurses who cannot work due to a COVID-19 infection, caring for a family member with COVID-19, or an employer mandated quarantine
ANA Financial Wellness offers free financial tools and education for ANA members sponsored by Prudential
Brave of Heart Fund provides charitable relief grants to the families of health care workers who lost their lives to COVID-19.
American Nurse article “Grief Management After a Nurse’s Death”
Uniformed Service University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress “Grief Leadership During COVID-19”
Support for your Family
Uniformed Service University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress “Supporting Families of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19”
National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinical Well-being
The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak