The recent suicide of Dr. Lorna Breen after working directly with COVID-19 patients at a New York City hospital was another sobering reminder of the emotional burden health care workers face as they work the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, as per a report from ABC4.
The state of Utah, for instance, suffered its own similar tragedy two years ago when Intermountain Healthcare Critical Care Tech Skyler Gardner to suicide. Since then, the company has worked toward creating a culture that reduces the stigma of asking for help.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new and unique burdens to health care workers. During a time when they may look to family and friends for emotional support, the separation needed to combat this situation has brought unforeseen isolation that has exacerbated mental issues among all involved.