The four white baskets on a table at the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation in Flagstaff contained special gifts: 12 tablets of relaxation and meditation videos. The educational video tablets were donated by the nonprofit Sufi Psychology Association (SPA) to recognize healthcare workers and their relentless dedication to caring for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recipient facilities were all four Northern Arizona health care hospitals, including Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Verde Valley Medical Center Sedona Campus, and Verde Valley Medical Center Camp Verde Campus.
In addition to the tablets, the donation included 400 single-use headsets. The tablets can be wiped between users.
The techniques featured in the videos are designed to alleviate symptoms of burnout in health professionals by helping them manage the effects of the pandemic from post-traumatic stress disorder to exhaustion.
Psychiatrists say that burnout occurs when the stress continues for a long time with no end in sight and the person is stretched too thinly for an uncertain period of time. There is also deep fear during the pandemic because caregivers as well as patients and their families do not know what they are dealing with as the disease appears to manifest itself differently.
In the Foundation's offices on North San Francisco Street, Dr. Kimiya Amjadi, member of the Sufi Psychology Association, the Pills Richard Smith, President of the NAH Foundation, Cristine Currie, Director of NAH Population Health, and Ana Fano, Ed .D., Assistant to the NAH Foundation and Board Liaison.
SPA President Saloumeh Bozorgzadeh, Psy.D. is familiar with the fragility of caregivers who are notorious for putting others first and their own needs last. She operates a Chicago wellness center and group practice for healthcare workers and medical residents. “I've heard from healthcare workers in the break rooms, when they take a break, they say everyone is in shock. You just sit there and stare away. It's not a break at all, ”she said. “However, if there is a short, guided exercise during this time that takes you to a quieter, more peaceful place out of your head and the experience you are going through, it can give them room to breathe and lift the weight of theirs Shoulders for a bit. "
Since April, the organization has donated the stress-relieving pills to more than 225 hospitals in 38 states, where they have been housed in wellness rooms, staff lounges, break rooms, and chapels.
In the Phoenix area, the organization has donated tablets and videos to all Banner Health, Abrazo, ValleyWise, Honor Health, and Dignity Health hospitals, as well as the Phoenix Children and Phoenix Indian hospitals. FBN
By Betsey Bruner, FBN