Let's Talk Mental Health

We know that you are more than a healthcare worker – you’re a human. While you work tirelessly to care for your patients health, it can sometimes feel impossible to prioritize your own. We get it. You’re not alone, and your mental wellness matters.

An oncology travel nurse in the middle of the forest

Your Mental Health Matters

As a healthcare professional, you may experience situations and challenges unique to your job that can impact your mental health. Mental health concerns can affect your wellbeing in more ways than one. But, you are not alone in this.

According to a survey shared by the CDC[1]:

of healthcare workers reported being stressed out and stretched too thin

of healthcare workers shared being emotionally and physically exhausted

of nurses reported that they were not getting enough emotional support

Recruiters that Listen

Our travelers choose to continue working with us because we care. We're here to listen to your needs and advocate on your behalf.

In-House Registered Nurses

Our team of in-house registered nurses have been in your shoes and are ready to help you navigate any clinical situation or concern.

EAP Benefits

Our Employee Assistance Program offers access to emotional, legal and life assistance for added peace of mind.


We offer our travelers access to an online therapy platform, Talkspace, for you to connect with a licensed behavioral therapist.

Day-1 Health Benefits

Helping Others Live Better means health coverage that starts on your very first day.

Dedicated Support Teams

From payroll to credentialing to benefits, your support teams have your back no matter the situation.

Physical Symptoms

You may experience rapid heart rate, muscle tension, headaches, GI distress, difficulty breathing, high startle response, nausea, nightmares or flashbacks, or chronic exhaustion.

Sleep Disturbance

Stress may impact your sleep where you experience nightmares, trouble falling asleep, or trouble staying asleep.

Emotional Responses

Stress can also impact your emotions and can lead to anger, fear, frustration, irritability, anxiety, sadness, guilt, or difficulty maintaining emotional balance.

Difficulty Thinking Clearly

You may experience difficulty with thinking clearly, such as disorientation or confusion, difficulty problem-solving or making decisions, difficulty concentrating, or remembering instructions.

Risky Behaviors

When you are stressed, you may recognize some problematic behaviors such as unnecessary risk taking or increased use of alcohol or drugs to numb.

Social Impacts

Stress can also impact how you interact with others, potentially resulting in blaming others, conflicts with coworkers or family members, withdrawal and isolations, or becoming clingy or needy.


Meditation is a mindfulness technique that can help you cope with stress and bring a sense of calm and peace. There are numerous apps and free resources available to help guide you if you are just starting out and want to learn more about meditation, like Headspace.

Headspace Meditations


Incorporating exercise into your life can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and can positively impact your overall mood.



Support from a licensed therapist can provide you with the skills and support you need to manage your mental health. Talkspace is a digital space for mental health support and available to Host Healthcare travelers through our EAP.


Healthy Eating

Your diet can play a big role in your overall wellbeing. Studies have found that eating nutrient-rich foods can help improve your mental health, helping improve focus, mood, and even feelings of anxiety and depression.

Operation Happy Nurse

Operation Happy Nurse is a resource for nurses to help cope with the mental and emotional strain of your work. They are on a mission to help all nurses struggling with stress, anxiety and/or depression.

Operation Happy Nurse

The Emotional PPE Project

The emotional PPE Project is a directory that provides contact information of volunteer mental health practitioners to healthcare workers.

The Emotional PPE Project


The American Nurses Foundation has partnered with Happy to support nursing mental health.


Mental Health Emergency Resources

Safe Call Now

Crisis referral service for public safety employees, emergency services personnel and their families. Call 206-459-3020.

Safe Call Now

Crisis Text Line

24/7 crisis support for frontline health workers from trained crisis responders. Text “HOME” to 741741

Crisis Text Line

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call or Text to 988

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Disaster Distress Helpline

A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline providing crisis counseling for those in emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Disaster Distress Helpline

Nurse Suicide Prevention

Resource from the ANA to help you identify someone at risk of suicide, aid in suicide prevention, and grieving over the loss of a co-worker.

Nurse Suicide Prevention

Co-Workers & Preventing Suicide

A resource to help you identify and respond to co-workers who may be at risk of suicide.

Preventing Suicide

Columbia Community Card

A screening tool you can use to evaluate the next steps if you are concerned about the safety and mental health of someone that you know.

Columbia Community Card

Columbia Protocol App

The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), the most evidence-supported tool of its kind, is a simple series of questions to help prevent suicide.

Columbia Protocol App

[1] Mental Health America [2020]. The mental health of healthcare workers in COVID-19. https://mhanational.org/mental-health-healthcare-workers-covid-19

[2] American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The Well-being initiative. https://www.apna.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/APNA-Nurses-Guide-to-Locating-Mental-Health-Support-and-Services.pdf


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The best thing about working with Host Healthcare was my recruiter, Chris Murillo. He exemplifies the model for responsive, timely, and enthusiastic service. Chris also makes the effort to develop personal relationships with his clients. This is a man who truly cares about me as a person. Kudos to Host Healthcare for hiring and retaining this quality individual.
Maxine Hunter Apr 19, 2024
I’ve had a great experience with Host Healthcare. Lauren Pollacci is an excellent recruiter and easily the best one I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, she made the entire process painless. She is always extremely helpful with any need or concern I may have. I couldn’t imagine working with another recruiter at this point!
Charlie Yelverton Apr 16, 2024
I've been working with Host Healthcare as a travel nurse for three years now and wouldn't change a thing. My recruiter Kat Cook has made the transition from staff nursing to travel nursing so easy. She is always available, listens to the needs of both myself and my wife (travel pair), and finds us the best jobs in the best locations! 10 out of 10 would recommend her and the agency every time.
Brett Fontaine Apr 24, 2024
Just started my 7th PT contract with Host and every contract has been a smooth transition. I’ve had great communication with my recruiter Kathryn Cook who has helped me land some great jobs and help with the credentialing process. I plan on staying with Host for many more years.
Forrest Smith Apr 17, 2024

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