The Emotional PPE Project

February 1, 2021
Samantha Domingo

A free resource connecting healthcare workers in need with licensed mental health professionals who can help.

Healthcare providers have been overwhelmed with the unprecedented experience of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many have been working increased hours, days and nights, with increased exposure and risk for themselves and their families. Roles and policies are changing at high rates, and they are witnesses to tremendous human suffering, grief, and unprecedented loss of life.

These stressors have a substantial impact on the mental health and wellness of healthcare providers. Despite this, healthcare workers are not getting the help they need. There just isn’t enough time in the day to find a therapist who can see them and who takes their insurance.

Although employer resources are often available, there also exist widespread concerns that the stigma for reaching out for help could have career consequences. The Emotional PPE project was started with these barriers in mind.

The project functions as a directory that provides contact information of licensed volunteer mental health practitioners to healthcare workers whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. It is completely free of charge—no insurance, no fees, just the help you need.

The nonprofit project is run and staffed by volunteers, made up of people who believe in the mission and want to dedicate their time to help healthcare workers in need, and funded entirely by individual donations through our donation page.

The process is simple: healthcare workers simply select their state and can filter through the list available mental health practitioners. Each practitioner has a profile that lists their field of practice, specialties, types of therapy offered, and contact information.

Visit emotionalppe.org for more information or to find a free mental health practitioner in your area.

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