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Message From County Administrator

Published:  May 4, 2020

Dear County Staff,

On Friday I shared with you information about the revisions to the Shelter in Place Order issued by Dr. Mase. The new Order brings with it some optimism as we begin to open up a number of industry sectors in our community. While the revised Order is a positive step forward, we still have a challenging path ahead. I wanted to focus this week’s communication on resources for emotional well being.

Emotional Resiliency During a Crisis Support for County Staff

The County is offering online COVID-19 programs to provide County employees emotional health support during a crisis.

Human Resources Workforce Development has engaged nationally known crisis and resiliency expert, Dr. Bea Cohen, to provide two different 90-minute WebEx programs.

All Staff Program

Navigating Psychosocial Impacts of COVID-19

  • May 11, 2020 1:30-3:00 PM
  • May 18, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM

Managers Program

Leading Sonoma County Through Crisis and Uncertainty: COVID-19

  • May 11, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM
  • May 18, 2020 1:30-3:00 PM

To access, search for “Navigating psychosocial” via sonoma higher ed.

MyStrength, a free, COVID-19/Mental Wellness resource

The County’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is offering MyStrength, a free, COVID-19/Mental Wellness resource. To access the MyStrength, program, register for your free membership online at: https://bh.mystrength.com/beaconcovidsupport

The coronavirus has changed normal life as never seen before. We could not have predicted changes to the simplest of our daily activities, like how we work, how we learn, how we grocery shop, and how we interact with one another. These changes, while onerous, are necessary to help us gain ground in the fight against COVID-19. Let’s not lose sight of the power in our actions to combat the spread of the virus. Exert yours by following public health guidelines about personal precautions and community behavior that hopefully by now have become habit. 

I want to leave you with a quote that resonates the new environment we are living in:

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
-Charles Darwin

Stay strong,

Sheryl Bratton
County Administrator

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