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.

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 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 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.

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.

But she then returned to work after about a week and a half of recovering. However, the hospital sent her home again, and her family brought her to Virginia.

She had no history of mental illness, her father explained.

But when they last spoke, she told him how unbearable it was to have to continually watch patients die, including some even before they could be taken from the ambulance.

“She was truly in the trenches on the front line.’’

“Make sure she’s praised as a hero,’’ he added. “She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.’’

This is utterly heartbreaking news...

R.I.P. Dr. Lorna Breen.