We acknowledge and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication over these last several weeks. We want to support all of our MICU family in the best way possible through this period of uncertainty and stress. This webpage is meant to be an evolving project of the cumulative ideas of the UAB pulmonary community. Please browse, enjoy, and submit your own stories and recommendations in the resources we have compiled below. Also, please help give us ideas on ways that we can best support you throughout the rest of the pandemic and beyond. Have an idea or feedback? Submit here.

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Share Your Experiences

Whether you are working in the ICU or working from home, we are all impacted by COVID-19 in our own ways. Yet many of our experiences share common themes of fear, compassion, anxiety, and resilience. We are collecting short stories (<50 words) from our pulmonary community as we work and cope with COVID-19. Feel free to use this space in many ways including sharing your own personal experiences, highlighting a colleague you have worked with, or simply providing encouragement for all of us as we continue to diligently work over the next several weeks

You can submit your own story using this form.

Child Care

The UAB Child Development Center has several resources for child care. If you have questions concerning child care, please contact the Child Development Center at their website.

Psychiatric Support

If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911, call the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255), call the Birmingham Crisis Line at 205-323-7777 or text “UAB” to 741741 to text with a crisis counselor.

Employees can contact the UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center by calling 205-934-228, emailing uabeacc@uabmc.edu or visiting uab.edu/eacc. If you are calling after business hours or on the weekends, call UAB Connect at 205-934-3411 to access the EACC on-call counselor.

Online Support Group

The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center (EACC) is launching a weekly online support group for health care professionals and hospital employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group will meet remotely via Zoom. Access more information here.

At-Home Workouts

UAB Recreational Center is offering over 100 free online workout videos for employees and students. These include 10 workout categories varying from High-Intensity Interval Training to classes focused on mindfulness.

Talking to your Kids About COVID-19

If you are a parent, approaching the topic of COVID-19 with your children can be challenging. Check out these resources to help navigate the discussions surrounding COVID-19 with your children.

National Geographic - "Talking to Kids About Coronoavirus"

Young Parents - "How to Explain COVID-19 Outbreak to Kids"

PBS News Hour - "10 Tips for Talking About COVID-19"

Well-Being and Mindfulness

Meditation, even a few minutes a day, is beneficial in reducing anxiety and improving overall mental health. Headspace and the Resilient Option are offering free unlimited access to their online program. This video from Russ Harris, the author of the “Happiness Trap,” also offers practical steps to deal with COVID-19.

Books, Podcasts, TV, and Movies

After you have watched enough COVID-19 news and read enough literature, we hope you are spending some time in your day with recreational activities. We want to know what you are reading, listening to, and watching! Submit your favorite recommendations for books, podcasts, TV shows, and movies and we will compile a running list for everyone to enjoy.

Videos to Brighten Your Day

Read Our Own Dr. Well-Be's Weekly Column

You can visit the weekly column of Dr. Well-Be, our own John Kennedy, using this link.

UAB Updates and Closures

Up-to-date news related to UAB operations, procedures, and developments can be found at UAB News.

Additional Wellness Resources