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This series of videos provide examples of a healthcare clinician/student/staff member experiencing mental distress. In each scenario, a colleague/manager/supervisor is consulted and a resolution is identified.
The individual videos linked below include the following scenarios:
Clinician to Clinician
Social Worker and Staff Nurse
Peer Staff Nurse
Nurse Practitioner and Physician Colleagues
Peer Staff Nurses
Manager to Staff Member
Peer Nurse Managers
Nursing Faculty to Student
Nurse Manager to Staff Nurse
Overview: The listed videos include scenarios of healthcare clinicians (including nurses, clinicians, students, staff) in mental distress. The helpers are anyone who is in a position to offer mental health first aid, e.g., peer, colleague, supervisor, faculty member, friend, etc. The brevity of these scenarios in no ways implies hurrying any assessment and intervention with someone in crisis, as each individual situation will itself dictate how long a conversation may last. Rather, our goal is to illustrate key strategies that can be used for supporting and aiding someone in a suicidal crisis with the aim of getting them expert help as soon as appropriate. Along with these video scenarios, please access the resources within this site that can further assist in aiding the person in distress.
LINK HERE to see all 11 videos on YouTube: ALL VIDEOS YouTube Playlist: Clinicians in Distress OR use this page to watch individual videos.