VCOM-Carolinas is offering medical students the MindfulMEDS app which contains vetted information related to the COVID-19 virus, and evidence-based resources to help cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. There are also quick stress management and mindfulness tips to assist in building resilience during this trying time.
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“As a clinical psychologist working to support the mental health of medical students who are under an incredible amount of stress, I needed a resource that would engage our students and provide tools to use outside of individual sessions. I was excited to learn about Sharpen’s evidenced-based mobile and web-based app rooted in building resilience. We launched our own version of Sharpen called MindfulMEDS, and it has been a great addition to our toolkit. Knowing that our students have access to a wealth of resources to support their mental health is reassuring, and also another important step we can take to reduce stigma around mental health in healthcare.”
~Natalie M. Fadel, PsyD
Associate Professor for Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioral Sciences
Medical students suffer disproportionately from mental health challenges due to the many pressures and ongoing epidemic of burnout. These stressors are exacerbated during COVID-19 and the economic challenges we currently face.
Sharpen provides tools for self-help and psychoeducation. Many of our tools feature physicians and medical students offering learned experiences and healthy coping strategies. Sharpen does not replace the importance of a counselor and we can assist individuals in connecting to treatment providers.
If you are in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For additional information about Sharpen, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.