COVID-19 Town Hall: Mental Wellbeing in the COVID-19 Era

May 28, 2020

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Key take-aways:

  • It is just as okay to be okay as it is to be “not okay” during a crisis.
  • Coping with stressors can range from a simple “buddy check” to formal counseling and everything in between but everyone must recognize the need for assistance in themselves, as well as others, and seek or provide the necessary support.
  • Setting up a local support and response program for “routine” incidents will garner trust and get personnel accustomed to reaping the benefits of such a system, which will truly reveal its worth when a major catastrophe hits; involve key administrators and stakeholders early in the inception phase.
  • Communication styles and strategies during a major event must be adjusted to avoid secondary traumas from ineffective or harmful attempts at conveying information.
  • See the NAEMSP COVID-19 Resource Page and discussion forum for a printout of helpful resources.


NAEMSP President David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS


  • Ann Marie Farina, AAS, BA
  • Elizabeth Donnelly, PhD, MSW, MPH, NREMT, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Windsor
  • Lauren Maloney, MD, NRP, FP-C, NCEE, EMS, Fellow, Stony Brook University Hospital; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University; Associate Medical Director, SBU Paramedic Program;  faculty, SBU Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine
  • Chief Randy Mellow, Chief, Peterborough County/City Paramedics; President, The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada; member, Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment – Public Safety Steering Committee.


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