Mental Health

Keeping tabs on your own psychological wellbeing is a crucial part of maintaining overall health and successfully working towards your goals, both personally and professionally. Psychological wellbeing is complex and fluid, and it can even shift from week to week (based on a variety of factors like physical health, work hours, rotation, or stress level), so it’s important to check in with yourself on a regular basis. These handy self-assessment tools can help you to get a quick view on depression or anxiety symptoms and alcohol use. They can be used on a one-time basis, or to track changes across time.

We do not receive any of the data from any of the screeners listed on this website. The measures are operated through separate websites that are not affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center.

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma

Working in healthcare can be rewarding and also often involves some specific stressors and challenges. We know that professionals working in a helping field are at risk for experiencing symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress at some point in their careers.

  • Provider Quality of Life, 5th Edition: Click on this link to self-assess your overall quality of life at work, including compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary trauma.
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale with Self-Scoring: Secondary traumatic stress is the stress that results from seeing or hearing about someone else’s trauma. Healthcare workers often see patients experiencing pain or distress; it’s normal and expected that we can be affected by these experiences. This scale can help us reflect on how we’ve been impacted by tough work experiences.

Maimonides Chaplaincy

General office phone: 718-283-8500
Learn more about pastoral care at Maimonides here.

Or reach out directly to:

Senior Director of Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care

Rabbi Benzion Lesser can be reached by phone at 718-283-7604.

Chaplain

Reverend Francis Joojo Obu-Mends can be reached by phone at 718-283-8402.

Chaplain

Imam Mohammed Ozalp can be reached by phone at 718-283-8521.

Team Support at Maimonides

Team Lavender Peer Support (TLPS)

Team Lavender Peer Support (TLPS) 718-283-CALM (x32256)

What is TLPS?

TLPS is a multidisciplinary group of peers across Maimonides departments that are available to provide support to teams and units following stressful events. All team members have received comprehensive training in Psychological First Aid.

How Does it Work?

Similar to a “code” response, any staff member can activate Team Lavender by calling 718-283-CALM (x32256); callers speak briefly with a dispatcher to provide some basic information and then two TLPS responders arrive within 30-60 minutes. Typically, the TLPS responders spend about 15-20 minutes with the team and offer a space for staff to share and decompress, to support each other, and to consider coping strategies and other resources.

When needed, the TLPS responders will arrange for additional follow-up supports such as a visit from chaplaincy, a healing arts group session, or a more formal psychological debrief facilitated by a mental health professional.

Some reasons to call Team Lavender Peer Support include:

  • Major traumas, codes, or patient deaths
  • Difficult encounters with patients or families
  • Stress related to an ethical dilemma in patient care
  • Critical illness or unexpected death of a colleague

Questions about Team Lavender Peer Support? Reach out to the chairs:

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid (or PFA for short) is the mental health counterpart to basic physical first aid. It outlines practical skills for supporting peers in stressful moments and can be offered by anyone that has some basic training. A comprehensive, four hour training has been developed for all Maimonides staff through a collaboration with Academic Affairs and the Simulation Center.

Anyone can get trained! If you are interested in signing up, please reach out to:
Amish Aghera, MD: [email protected] or
Erica Hutchison Phd: [email protected]

Psychological First Aid resources:
This is a quick infographic that outlines some PFA basics.

Video Intro to PFA, with Amish Aghera, MD and Erica Hutchison, PhD:
https://vimeo.com/485818559
Password: MaimoPFA

Healing Arts Groups

Lenia Batas, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS

Director, Child Life Services Director, Patient & Family Support

  • Contact Lenia Batas to schedule a creative arts group, which could include painting, planting, aromatherapy and other healing arts activities. She can be reached by phone at 718-283-6289 or email at [email protected]

Support and Resources Outside Maimonides

NYC Suicide Hotline

1-888-NYC-WELL, or text WELL to 65173, available 24 hours

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255, available 24 hours

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Spanish):

1-800-628-9454, available 24 hours

Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-621-HOPE (4673), available 24 hours

https://www.thehotline.org/

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673), available 24 hours, or visit https://hotline.rainn.org/online/ to receive support via confidential online chat.

Trans Lifeline (run by and for trans people)

877-565-8860, Hours: every day 10am-4am https://www.translifeline.org/

LGBT National Hotline

1-888-843-4564, Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm to midnight; Sat: Noon to 5pm https://www.lgbthotline.org/

“We speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, gender identity, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer sex information, and lots more!”

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