Our sister’s suicide shows the need for mental health care among emergency physicians

From the Dallas Morning News:

The pandemic is shining a light on the courage and dedication of our front-line health care workers, but beneath the surface our heroes are suffering. Emergency physicians are struggling to manage their mental health.

Even before the pandemic, nearly two-thirds of emergency physicians said they experienced burnout on the job, according to research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Research indicates that in the U.S. alone, about 6,000 emergency physicians contemplated suicide in 2018, with nearly 400 attempting to take their life. Circumstances have become more dire as the fight against COVID-19 continues.

Each life lost was someone’s friend, colleague or family member. One hero among many was Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency physician who tragically died by suicide in April.

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