Why don’t we take better care of our health professionals?

Thoughts, musings, and ramblings

It is no secret that the mental health of those in the health professions is alarmingly low. Many doctors struggle with mental illness, including depression, addiction, and suicidal ideation. This is no surprise; health professionals see people at their worst: they watch children die, they wait in fear of lawsuits, and they are human and fear making a mistake that could cost a patient his life. All in all, the most mentally stable and well-supported person would find him or herself struggling after a while.

Despite this, it seems that we provide little to no mental health support for these professionals. I don’t mean that there isn’t support made available, by this point most hospitals and medical schools pay lip service to the idea of mental health care and support for employees and students but in theory it may be more harm than good.

The problem is that at the core…

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