The Emotional PPE Project

COVID-19; Programs and Resources

AHCA/NCAL is excited to share information about a free resource for long term care providers, the Emotional PPE Project. This is a volunteer-run organization that provides a public online directory of volunteer licensed mental health clinicians. Any U.S. worker in a health care-related field, including long term care, that is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is welcome to directly contact the therapists listed in the directory for teletherapy. There is no cost, no insurance required, and completely confidential. Resources to promote this program to staff are available on the AHCA/NCAL website at the bottom of the page under “Workforce.” 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, symptoms of psychological unwellness have increased three-fold for the U.S. population at large. This increase in symptoms is even more pronounced in health care professionals, including those working in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers. Multiple barriers exist for health care workers to get mental health assistance, including, financial, lack of time, and concerns for professional and personal consequences. The Emotional PPE Project lifts these barriers by facilitating no cost, no insurance, and confidential therapy sessions with licensed therapists for health care workers impacted by COVID-19. 

Frequently asked questions and accompanying answers are available on the Emotional PPE Project website​.