Florida Nurse Found Dead in Car After Struggling to Cope With Coronavirus Onslaught | 22 Words

As the pandemic rages on, it's clear that we cannot ignore the mental health repercussions it is having on frontline workers.

This week, tragic news has surfaced that a Florida nurse has been found dead. Keep scrolling to read this heart-wrenching story.

Working on the frontlines of this pandemic doesn't just have physical health repercussions.

Many have overlooked the huge impact it will have on the mental health of hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers across the globe.

In fact, some have spoken out and said that we will soon be facing a PTSD crisis...

"The group that is most at risk are the front-line health care workers,’’ as well as the people who lost loved ones, said Stanford University Professor Debra Kaysen, head of the school’s International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Despite everything, in our hour of need...

We rely on the incredible work of the emergency services and healthcare professionals.

And when it comes to medical pandemics?

It's these people who are on the front line trying to protect us.

And more often than not...

They don't even have sufficient protective gear, or at least, not enough of it to go around - i.e. proper masks.

We can get so wrapped up in ourselves, that we forget how much we rely on these people...

And of course, the fact that they are exposed to sick people day in day out - working hours that many of us couldn't even begin to imagine.

They themselves put their own health at stake.

Not to mention the long hours and mental health repercussions that come along with this.

And of course, this is no different when it comes to the current outbreak.

As the situation gets more serious, we are leaning on the vital work of healthcare professionals more and more.

In fact, things have gotten so bad that retired healthcare professionals are being asked to return.

Yep, really. Over the pond in the U.K. tens of thousands of retired medics are being asked to return to the UK's National Health Service in order to "boost frontline services," as per the BBC.

Healthcare services are strained as it is.

And we have to remember that they are people too.

Being faced with seriously ill people day in day out will hugely take its toll.

And now, an increasing number of frontline workers are taking their own lives.

Just over a month ago, twenty-three-year-old John Mondello took his life.

He worked out of EMS Station 18 in The Bronx, which handles one of the biggest 911 call volumes in the city, according to The New York Post.

After witnessing the virus’ ruthlessly increasing death toll...

John fatally shot himself with a gun belonging to his retired NYPD officer father.

We cannot ignore the impact this pandemic is having on our frontline workers.

And sadly, this week, some more tragic news has surfaced.

Thirty-two-year-old William Coddington, a nurse at JFK Medical Center in Florida, has reportedly been found dead.

William had been grappling with the virus onslaught for weeks and had seen many patients heartbreakingly pass away in the intensive care unit he was working at.

According to Reuters, following a fight on April 25, his mom checked his phone's geolocation and saw he wasn't at the hospital.

Which prompted her to drive over to the Deerfield Beach hotel's parking lot.

There, she devastatingly found her son.

William had allegedly taken what his family believes to be an overdose. Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating his death and foul play isn't suspected.

Shortly before he died, he had penned a post about the lack of PPE on Facebook.

“In my hospital we are rationing 1 n95 mask for my whole shift," he wrote. “We are running out of gowns. "We are having people make makeshift face shields that end up snapping."

William became nurse back in 2018...

The healthcare worker was a recovering addict and was unable meet with his sponsor as a result of the pandemic.

His loved ones paid tribute during a virtual funeral on Wednesday, NBC Miami reports.

Utterly heartbreaking. R.I.P.