"Medical workers have been celebrated as heroes for their commitment to treating desperately ill coronavirus patients. But the heroes are hurting, badly. Even as applause to honor them swells nightly from city windows, and cookies and thank-you notes arrive at hospitals, the doctors, nurses and emergency responders on the front lines of a pandemic they cannot control are battling a crushing sense of inadequacy and anxiety. Every day they become more susceptible to post-traumatic stress, mental health experts say."
This quote comes from an article written by Jan Hoffman on May 17, 2020 in the New York Times with the headline: ‘I Can’t Turn My Brain Off’. The focus is on how PTSD and burnout are threatening medical workers.
Massage has proven to be a great way to help people alleviate stress and anxiety. It's also ideal in helping people recover from the daily grind. Unfortunately, traditional hands-on massage services have been curtailed during this pandemic yet the need has not abated.
From the Employee Wellness Team at Brigham and Women's: "During Covid-19, our front line employees have worked tirelessly to provide the best healthcare to our patients, sometimes working 12-14 hour days, for extended successive days. They struggle with fatigue, grief, loss, and mental burnout. Having a massage chair for staff to come and have a break in their day, to rejuvenate, and to help transition from work to home, would help ease their physical and emotional distress."
The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to purchase 2 premium massage chairs for the employee wellness rooms at the hospital. For every $4500 raised, one massage chair will be donated from Engage Wellness Solutions.
The goal of this campaign is to raise enough to secure 2 massage chairs.
All donations are tax deductible.