(Falls Church, VA June 19, 2020) –  Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, health care workers were more likely to suffer from mental distress. And now new research shows that healthcare professionals directly engaged in caring for Covid-19 patients may be at an increased risk of psychological distress, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To address the mental health concerns related to the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, Capital Caring Health provides a wide-range of wellness and mental health resources at no-cost to its 900-plus employees – from yoga and meditation therapy to phone-based counseling support – and the organization was recently named a StigmaFree Company Partner by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  – one of 52 companies so named nationwide.

“I am very pleased that we have begun work with NAMI to expand our mental health support programs for our employees, their family members and our patients and their caregivers,” said Vivian Hsia-Davis, Chief People Officer, Capital Caring Health.

These are incredibly stressful times and we are taking the necessary actions to help employees reduce stress and enhance their mental health.”  ​​​​​​​​

According to NAMI, nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, eight in 10 workers say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking treatment for a mental health condition.

NAMI provides resources and educational materials, guidance and expert advice as well assists companies in creating a culture that values employees’ overall health, including emotional well-being and mental health.

Read more about NAMI’s StigmaFree Company initiative here.

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About Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is the largest non-profit provider of elder health, advanced illness, hospice, and at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. We provide quality care where people live, supporting dignified, independent aging. For more information, visit capitalcaring.org or call our 24-Hour Care Line at 1-800-869-2136.

Contact:
Amy Shields, Director of Strategic Communications
ashields@capitalcaring.org