COVID-19 has sent everyone scrambling. YOU don't get to have a nice little retreat in your home watching Netflix and trying not to binge eat all your snacks on one day. YOU are a healthcare professional. YOU have to go to work, expose yourself to the virus, and try to save people's lives, MacGyver style. Who needs an N95 mask when you have duct tape?
You're out there trying to keep everyone else calm, but who's going to make sure you don't go off the deep end? Jamie. In this email consult, designed specifically to help you survive Coronageddon, Jamie will provide support for your most pressing dilemma. In your confirmation email you will get a link that will take you to a short questionnaire with these questions:
- Please provide some details about why you’re here. First of all, you get a gold star for asking for help. What made you decide to do it? What’s going on?!
- What is your specific question? Try to keep this short and sweet. If you have a more complicated question, you may want to schedule a Coronageddon Mini Brainstorm
- Help us get straight to the point. What have you already thought of to answer your own question? Please list any possibilities, impossibilities, pros, cons, and bright ideas here.
- It will take a little bit of time to answer your question. What will you do to take care of yourself between now and then? You can do the usual stuff (bubble bath, exercise, meditate/pray, go out in nature, etc.), phone a friend, or do something creative. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, help yourself make a commitment to self care by typing it here. Jamie WILL follow up (like your BFF who tells you like it is).
As soon as you fill out the questionnaire, you will receive a response within 48 hours. If your question is emailed on a Friday or Saturday, you can expect a response by the end of the day on Monday. You will also get an extra little treat in your inbox.
Quick disclaimers: Jamie is NOT YOUR THERAPIST. You may need one of those, but Jamie is not it. Jamie is your advocate. A hand holder. A listener. A "get real" barometer. She cannot provide psychotherapy (nor does she want to). BUT Jamie will help you take the steps to find a therapist if that makes sense for you.
Finally, if you are having thoughts of suicide (or experiencing any other type of mental health emergency), please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. We need you. Please take care of yourself no matter how scary it might seem to ask for help.