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 broken that a New York ER doctor has taken her own life, although sadly, she has joined a growing list.
Keep scrolling to read this heart-wrenching story.
Working on the frontlines of this pandemic doesn't just have physical health repercussions.
In fact, some have spoken out and said that we will soon be facing a PTSD crisis...said Stanford University Professor Debra Kaysen, head of the school’s International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Despite everything, in our hour of need...
And when it comes to medical pandemics?
And more often than not...
We can get so wrapped up in ourselves, that we forget how much we rely on these people...
They themselves put their own health at stake.
Thank you -- To our doctors. To our nurses. To ALL our healthcare workers out there. You’re on the front lin… https://t.co/0CARot6Nzv— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1584631297.0
And of course, this is no different when it comes to the current outbreak.
I wanted to take a minute to send a special thank you to everybody working on the front lines to battle the COVID-1… https://t.co/oXpAiL9I6q— danawhite (@danawhite)1584637661.0
In fact, things have gotten so bad that retired healthcare professionals are being asked to return.BBC.
Being faced with seriously ill people day in day out will hugely take its toll.
Just last week, 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 Mondello gave the biggest hugs, warmest smiles and never wanted anything from me but to make me laugh. It shat… https://t.co/9aHkT83kJJ— King Bitch (@King Bitch)1587844959.0
We cannot ignore the impact this pandemic is having on our frontline workers.
Guys! Mental health amongst healthcare workers is something we need to talk about. I’ve rotated kuGomo, and to be f… https://t.co/enPT7MPYgp— Chipo✨💫 (@Chipo✨💫)1587504123.0
Prominent ER doctor, Lorna Breen, has tragically taken her own life.She was just forty-nine-years-old. She passed away on Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she’d been staying with her family.
“She tried to do her job, and it killed her,’’ Lorna's father, Dr. Philip Breen, told the New York Times.Lorna was the head of the emergency department at a Manhattan hospital and had been working on the frontlines day in day out.
Philip said that his daughter had tested positive with the virus while on the job at one point.
New York ER Doctor, Dr. Lorna Breen, passed Sunday night from suicide due to the the severity of this pandemic and… https://t.co/Oorfq7O91I— niccole santiago (@niccole santiago)1588032377.0
She had no history of mental illness, her father explained.
This is devastating! I'm mourning the death of ANOTHER colleague, this time ER attending Dr. Lorna Breen. Always wi… https://t.co/DGP5VQmeKg— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon MD)1588018058.0
“She was truly in the trenches on the front line.’’
This is gut-wrenching. Dr. Lorna Breen’s father pleads: “Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was. She’… https://t.co/z3jbqZ9tgG— Willie Geist (@Willie Geist)1588015826.0