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UW Code Lavender for Healthcare Workers

Hi healthcare heroes! UWCNE and The Whole U (UW's wellness engagement program) would like to offer support during this time of crisis. Taking care of yourself allows you to take better care of others!

Below, you’ll find guidance to enhance your mental and physical strength as you continue to care for your patients. It is crucial to call a Code Lavender and take the time for self care when you are feeling uneasy or stressed.

► You an also access music, meditations and other self care resources at The Whole U Code Lavender.


Questions from Nurses: COVID-19 and Our Mental Health

An Interview with Chris DeCou, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Chris DeCou responds to questions from nurses in the UW community about how COVID-19 has affected and continues to affect our mental health. He talks about building emotional and mental strength during a crisis, the power of sadness and grief, when and how to ask for help, and how we can support one another.

Resources to Promote Acceptance/Resilience

Skills for Managing Acute Stress & Disaster Mental Health

  • PsySTART Building Your Responder Personal Plan
  • MedFIT: Self-Assessment and Self-Care for Healthcare Workers
  • PRE Skills: Performance and Resilience Enhancement (Developed for soldiers in combat, currently being adapted for healthcare workers by Dr. Barb McCann, Brittany Blanchard, and Dr. DeCou in collaboration with the team at Walter Reed)

Free Smartphone Apps

  • Mindfulness Coach
  • Virtual HopeBox
  • CBT-I Coach
  • My3

Paid Smartphone Apps

  • Headspace (free for now to anyone with an NPI number)
  • Calm
  • The Waking up App

Dr. Chris DeCou is a licensed clinical psychologist at Harborview Medical Center. His research centers on the study and prevention of suicide among under-served and under-studied populations, and the association between experiences of trauma and suicidality. Chris has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presented on suicide prevention at many national and international meetings. He is the recipient of several awards, including recognition from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the International Union for Circumpolar Health. Chris is also involved in several clinical trials focused on testing new approaches to the assessment, treatment, and pragmatic prevention of suicidality in high-risk clinical populations. Prior to completing his graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Idaho State University, Chris was employed as a full-time police officer, and was also certified as a firefighter/EMT. His experiences as a first responder continue to inform his research and clinical activities, and motivate his interest in developing pragmatic and patient-centered approaches to suicide prevention. 


Yoga for Healthcare Workers

Yoga with Kelsey Hendrickson

Yoga with Daiva Yee