Sutter Health Joy of Work Well-being Resource Site

The Joy of Work team is focused on fostering an environment where healthcare workers well-being is connected, supported and builds the foundation for providing care that is safe, personal, affordable and accessible. 

Get Help 

  • Call 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK, 800-SUICIDE
  • Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741
  • Sutter Health’s EAP 24/7: 800-477-2258
  • Physician Support Line: 888-409-0141
  • California Medical Association Confidential Assistance Line 24/7: 213-383-2691
  • Peer Coaching from the CMA or call 1(800) 241-2466
  • Free counseling sessions are available from the Frontline Workers Counseling Project

Self Care

The Japanese Skill Copied by the World
The Magic of Mindfulness
Benefits of Mindfulness

Embedded mindfulness practice from a ER physician in Australia. Little moments of mindfulness can be incorporated into the day to clear stress and help us focus attention.  

What We Can Lean from a Mindful Emergency Room
Shauna Shapiro: TED Talk on the Power of Mindfulness
Heartfulness: Restoring Mindfulness of the Heart
Opportunities for Pausing video for Physicians  

How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains, Tedx Talk by Sarah Lazar
Five Minute Guided Calming Meditation  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians can download the HeadspaceApp for free.  

Self Compassion  
The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion
Self Compassion Meditations with Kristin Neff
The Place Between Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion Tedx Talk by Kristin Neff
The Power of Vulnerability, Tedx Talk by Berné Brown  

Sign up for one year of free yoga at My Yoga Works for access to over 1,000 classes using your Sutter email address. After you sign up, please go to your personal settings and change the email to your personal email address.

Clinician Suicide Prevention

Why Do Doctors Commit Suicide?
New Text Tackles the Occupational Hazard of Physician Suicide
Suicide Risk and Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ted Talk by Pamela Wibble about Physician Suicide
How Mindfulness Changes the Emotional Life of Our Brains by Richard Davidson

COVID-19 Wellness Materials

COVID-19 Webinars

Academic Wellness Resources

If you are only going to read one article about wellness, read this from the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. It describes the science behind six individual daily habits that can reduce stress.  

This article succinctly articulates the main drivers of burnout and the disconnect we have between what we think we should be doing (espoused values) and what we actually do on a daily basis. This discrepancy is where suffering occurs. 

Abbreviated Mindfulness Intervention for Job Satisfaction, Quality of Life, and Compassion in Primary Care Clinicians: A Pilot Study  

Executive Leadership and Physician Well-being

Well-Being Playbook: A Guide for Hospital and Health System Leaders

Wellness in the News

Front-line doctors face a mental health crisis amid coronavirus
NY Times article Relax, You’ll Be More Productive!
I Can’t Turn my Brain Off; PTSD and Burnout Threatened Medical Workers

Wellness resources

Additional Resources

Mental Health and Addiction Care: Sutter Health partnered with Shatterproof “Just Five” to provide five minute educational tools reviewing the science of addiction, signs, symptoms and treatment.

Podcast “Health Professionals in Recovery.” Personal stories of addiction and recovery and overcoming stigma