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Stress from Covid-19, a telephone line, to help health care workers
EVEN those who help need help. Never as now, doctors, nurses and other health professionals may need psychological support to cope with the difficulties due to the emergency coronavirus. And also to be able to better help sick people. For this reason, today, psychiatrists and psychologists of the Foundation Policlinico Agostino Gemelli, Irccs open the doors, albeit in a figurative, all these professionals to provide them with listening in the case of stress, psychological problems or simply doubts and fears linked to the epidemic of Covid-19. How? With two different projects, a dedicated telephone line to all the health workers on the national territory, active 7 days 7 from 9 to 18, and a similar initiative aimed, more specifically, to all the staff of the Twins.

address BOOK - write to the psychologist A help to all operators in Italy, The project “Resilience Covid19” is intended to provide support remotely to those who need it and work in the area of health care. For this is already active, 7 days on 7, from 9 to 18, the number 3423242015 and email resilienzaCovid19@policlinicogemelli.it. To respond, are post-graduate students of 3rd and 4th year psychiatry under the supervision of Luigi Janiri , director of the school of specialization in psychiatry at the Twins. “There are three possible routes, he explained, Gabriele Sani , professor of psychiatry of the UOC of Psychiatry of the Twins, who, together with Janiri coordinates the project – in the first instance, there is a phone support. If necessary, then, it is possible to arrange an individualized therapy, and structured online, through video calls. Or even of the therapy groups ever electronically, if it is possible to form a group with similar needs and similar characteristics”.

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“you are Not alone” is the other project for the dedicated support to the staff of the Twins. “Even in this case, you can carry out a personalized therapy”, emphasizes Healthy. “If necessary, it is possible to think of individual meetings, always at a distance, and respecting all the rules, even if you prefer it, the possibility of a therapeutic intervention via video call”. The physical load and psychic phone call, or video call can help you a lot. The major difficulties are for those who work in departments with people who are hospitalised for Covid-19, but also the staff of other departments can be affected by a strong stress. “The stress, physical and mental are much higher,” stressed the expert. “The reasons are various. For anyone who is in the first line of the work load is pretty high, as well as the frustration due to the fact that in a hospital the sufferers often have severe problems or, in some cases, they go to meet death”.

And then there is the fear. “There is also the fear, the anxiety of contracting the infection is frequently”, adds Healthy. “In this case, the fear is not inherently negative: the right dose of this emotion, which does not lead us to paralysis, serve to protect us and ensure that we take all possible measures to reduce the risk of contagion”. This risk continues to psychiatrist, can not be cancelled, but may, however, be significantly reduced, if we do not panic but remain still with eyes open. How to deal with stress and fear In the first place, when we feel too much pressure, it is good to remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength: it demonstrates to be aware of its limitations and of the fact that you are not omnipotent. “This also applies to doctors and health. Preserving their health is important to them and to others,” explains the psychiatrist. “Why so they can better support the infected and hospitalized”. A little when we take the plane and we are taught that in case of an emergency we have to wear the oxygen mask first to be able to put other passengers in difficulty.

“in order To combat the frustration, then, let's keep in mind that this fight to the new coronavirus can be compared to a marathon,” said the expert. “At the beginning and for a good part of the race perceive only the effort and not see results. But we know that the effort is aimed at a final goal and that the marathon has a conclusion, a goal. Remember this can help us to give us the strength to continue to fight even if the path is inaccessible”.

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