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National Black Nurses Association Offers Free Mental Health Services to Black Nurses On Frontlines of the Pandemic

National Black Nurses Association Offers Free Mental Health Services to Black Nurses On Frontlines of the Pandemic

This is needed!

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) offers free mental health services for Black nurses working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NBNA recently announced their new RE:SET initiative offering various mental health services for Black nurses working during the coronavirus pandemic at no cost. The goal is to provide services for the nurses that aid in their wellbeing. In order to provide the best patient care they need to reset and recharge from the pressure of the ongoing pandemic. 

Millicent Gorham, Executive Director of the NBNA, spoke to Because Of Them We Can about the inspiration behind the initiative, saying, “With the current COVID-19 crisis, we have heard from our nurses about how stressful their working conditions have been, unlike any other time in history as a nurse. The stress levels are unprecedentedly high, and they need more resources to help them navigate through this difficult time."

The services offered include a 24-hour support line for Black nurses with free, confidential counseling - up to five sessions - and on-demand text therapy. They also have educational webinars, access to wellness podcasts, and more. The RE:SET initiative is offered at no cost to new and existing NBNA members and their families. They are hoping a lot of people will take advantage of the services.

“Creating tools for renewal and increased resilience is especially important as nurses have a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. With this comprehensive resource, NBNA members will receive holistic tools and resources designed to give nurses the boost they need to promote mental wellness and wellbeing. This is essentially PPE for their mental and emotional health, which will [also] help to impact their physical health,” Gorham said. 

The NBNA is a professional network for Black nurses, with more than 200,000 registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students, and retired nurses under their umbrella. They have 115 chapters spanning the United States, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa. The organization is looking to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community and offer a much-needed outlet for nurses. 

To learn more about accessing the RE:SET initiative, visit www.nbnareset.com.

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