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Be Kind to Your Mind: Mental Health Month

May 17, 2023 | Company Culture

 

 

 

Being a travel healthcare professional means giving your all to your patients every time you clock in for a shift. You crave the fast pace and love the new relationships you’re making with coworkers and your patients, which makes you great at what you do. But when’s the last time you took some time for yourself and prioritized YOU?

The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, its impact, and available resources to help keep you centered. Let’s dive into what this special month is all about and the numerous resources available to you.

 

Mental Health Month

Every day is a new opportunity to be kind to your mind! Since 1949, May has been dedicated to and recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. This month is devoted to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health through education and awareness. It’s important to educate ourselves to not only gain a deeper understanding but to learn how you can offer support to those who live with mental health challenges.

National organizations like NAMI celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month through an annual campaign. This year, the theme of their campaign is “More Than Enough”. The powerful message behind this campaign is to remind us that we all bring something unique to the table regardless of our “diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability”. It’s a reminder that simply being ourselves is more than enough.

 

 

Showing Our Healthcare Travelers “We Care”

Life gets busy, stressful, and complicated, especially when you add in your career as a travel healthcare professional. Traveling with LRS Healthcare means there is an additional support system here for you when you need it, no matter if it’s the day you sign your contract or day 27 of your assignment – we’re here to listen, consult, and advise.

As a starting point, LRS Healthcare offers our caregivers a top-notch EAP (Employee Assistance Program) as an added benefit and resource. TELUS Health (EAP) is a valuable and underutilized resource for on-assignment LRS travelers seeking 24/7, physical, and emotional well-being. Putting your mental health first ensures you’re in the best headspace to genuinely offer your patients empathy and the care they deserve. Whatever you’re dealing with, TELUS Health is by your side and 100% confidential.

If you’re dealing with something related specifically to your travel assignment, our Travel Experience and Clinical Nurse Liaison teams have your back. The goal of the Travel Experience team is to help travelers locate comfortable accommodations while on assignment. Perhaps that’s securing a rental car or researching things to do locally like hiking trails. Whatever you have in mind, they’re ready to help! New to the travel healthcare industry? Our Clinical Nurse Liaison team is here to help you navigate the complexities of the industry.

 

Helpful Well-being Resources

What is well-being? Well-being can be thought of as the factors in one’s life that positively contribute to one’s overall health, happiness, and success.

Mental illness is not always something in our control, but if you’re looking to exercise your brain and keep it healthy, this article provides a breakdown of the 6 pillars that contribute to one’s well-being aka a healthy brain, along with some helpful tips.

As the world around us continues to advance, so does our progress in breaking stigmas. The number of resources available to us is endlessly increasing. Whether you’re looking to make some daily changes, need support, or are looking to become a better ally, there’s a resource for that.

Educational Resources:

Mind & Body Resources:

LRS Healthcare’s Blogs:

 

 

All of us experience daily stressors that can impact our mental health. That’s why we are here to remind you to be kind to your mind along with the importance of Mental Health Month. LRS Healthcare provides our healthcare travelers like yourself with multiple resources and points of contact, so you never go into an assignment feeling alone.

The purpose of this article is to raise awareness and provide support. We hope that these resources and our message are shared and utilized. Our busy schedules can catch up to us, but it’s important to take a break and check in on your loved ones from time to time.