Supporting Behavioral Health Staff During the Holidays

By November 25, 2020
EHR Thanksgiving
[3-minute read]

“Always start with thanksgiving; be thankful for what you already have and
see the miracles that come from this one simple act.” – Jim Rohn


In giving thanks, the first thought for many of us is friends, family, and health. Next may be our career, where we have the opportunity to help others every day. This year, in our new COVID world, each of us as healthcare workers have been added to the list of things to be especially grateful for.

Most of us have appreciated our physical health, but during this unusual time, mental health is coming to the forefront. According to the CDC, there have been “considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19.”  While we as providers have the opportunity to help our clients, we also need to be cognizant of this increase in our staff and colleagues. Each of us are dealing with an influx of change; working remote, Telehealth, changes in client care, work-life boundaries, increased hours, and higher demands at work. We can ask ourselves, how can I better support our team, colleagues and my own mental health.

Here are two simple steps each of us can take to bring greater impact to those we serve, and some examples to get us started.

Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude

Research has shown, expressing gratitude is beneficial to our health and well-being; both as the giver and recipient. Additionally, when people feel acknowledged, they’re more likely to socialize, help others in-turn, and build stronger work connections. There are many ways we can cultivate gratitude within our teams, not only around the holidays but also year-round.

Share appreciation for your team

  • Simple praise for a job well done can make a person’s day, be specific and timely
  • Create a fun trophy which team members pass around 

Shine a spotlight on usually unseen accomplishments

  • Don’t let the routine or unexciting parts of the job go unnoticed
  • A simple acknowledgement dedication and hard work goes a long way 

Say ‘thank you’ often… put a sticky note on your laptop as a reminder

  • A little reminder to say ‘thank you’ during normal conversations

Focus on What We Can Control… Talk to Your Team

While we can’t control the world around us, we can control how we support our teams and colleagues. Often times, we get so caught up in the day-to-day and whirlwind of change we forget to step back and remember why we’re in this business in the first place. The simple act of showing you care and seeking others thoughts is immensely powerful. Here are several questions to ask your team to uncover joy, frustration and new ideas.

What made you smile today?

  • Ask why… you’ll get to know them more personally and can incorporate into your leadership

What would make your day easier? 

  • Be curious! Imagine if we could save 1 hr/day, how would this happen
  • Opportunities to remove small obstacles or insert help are everywhere

How can I better support you?

  • Keeping this top of mind illustrates you care
  • This is another opportunity to uncover obstacles and areas for innovation

Be Remarkably Grateful

Tomorrow may be Thanksgiving, but giving thanks should be everyday. By taking intentional steps to show appreciation we can cultivate a culture of gratitude which lives all year. Taking time to talk helps each of us mentally; we need to practice this within our agency and team, not just with our clients. 

Each of us are in the behavioral and mental health field because we want to help others. And all of us here at Remarkable Health are obsessed with supporting you through removing obstacles. Reach out and say hi you’d like to chat, learn how others have worked to show gratitude or remove obstacles.

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for all you do!

Peter Flick CEO and Remarkable Health

Peter Flick