UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA OFFERING THERAPY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, MEDICAL WORKERS

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and the University of Alabama’s Crisis Response Unit is offering therapy for first responders and medical workers in need.

University of Alabama Associate Dean of UA Research and Health Policy Dr. Martha Crowther said these aren’t deep-dive therapy sessions, but rather helping people who are struggling right now with advice on how they can manage.

“We want to make sure they are sleeping OK,” Crowther said. “We want to make sure their stress levels are low enough so it’s not impairing their decision making.”

That may mean encouraging them to get up a little earlier or stay up a bit later and go for a walk or engage in other physical activities like lifting weights, she said.

“All of that is important to your overall functioning, and absolutely impacts your mental health,” she said.

Crowther said the Crisis Response Unit is offering individual and group therapy sessions. If you’re interested, email acru@ua.edu.

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