Recently, I was interviewed by KARE 11 News regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has made worse of a national issue with physician stress and burnout. An issue that has caused many to leave or not start a career in medicine—or cause physicians to continue practicing without addressing their behavioral health needs. To say I am humbled and honored to be interviewed about this topic is an understatement. This is a national issue and, for me, it is the right thing to do to ensure awareness and attention is drawn to a matter that affects not only caregivers but the public at large.
Physicians have access to national call help lines, employer EAP resources and other third-party support programs, however they have often avoided doing so because of the stigma involved, them not seemingly like a “good fit” for their profession and the risk it may cause with their license and potential legal reasons.
The efforts made in the state of Virginia with legislative reform, and by many other healthcare systems across the country, is a start in offering physician-specific resources. However, there is still a long way to go. The KARE 11 News story did a great job highlighting this issue, helping bring awareness at a national level. To read to full article click HERE.
We Can Help
If you or someone in healthcare is struggling and you would like to know more about how VITAL WorkLife can help, then contact us online or call 877.731.3949. Our robust Physician Well Being Resources can be implemented quickly across a variety of healthcare settings. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate life threatening support at 800.273.8255.