How to help patients—and yourself—cope with today’s stress

A relentless barrage of news—often frightening and negative—can take a toll on our mental and physical health. Communicators can help people cope in these trying times.    

The 24/7 news cycle and social media—combined with global violence and heartbreaking stories closer to home—can elevate stress levels in patients and workplaces. Employees in hospitals, schools and government buildings seem to be especially aware of public safety issues.

An individual’s psychological state can easily be affected by local and world events. How can health care communicators help members of the community to cope?

This infographic suggests that folks can be supportive when they:

  • Understand individual triggers and responses

  • Encourage empathy and caring from peers

  • Solve problems together

  • Maintain a positive outlook



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