It’s no secret that the healthcare providers across the country and the entire world have been way overworked these last few years.
Just recently there was a news article about a Stanford nurse who died by suicide. His death brings much needed attention to the importance of mental health for healthcare workers. In the past few years, healthcare workers are working long hours, facing Covid related deaths and the stress is off the roof.
The travel ICU nurse from Oklahoma had been working at Stanford Hospital before dying by suicide. The Stanford nurse Odell had been reported leaving abruptly from work and then went missing for a few days. The search for him ended tragically when his body was found at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge.
A recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine included a survey of more than 500 doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been treating COVID patients. It stated that over the past two years of caring for COVID patients, nurses and other first responders reported high levels of stress, depression, and fatigue.
They also found 74% saying they were depressed, 37% reported they were experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and 15% said they have had thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
If you are having these thoughts, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
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