Explore the latest research, news and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar.
Healthcare worker suicides hint at COVID-19 mental health crisis to come
Recent suicides by frontline medical professionals in New York City show the extreme psychological stress on our healthcare workforce caused by the global pandemic. As stated in an article written by psychiatrist Wendy Dean, those in the hardest-hit areas are experiencing conditions that no training could prepare them for. "Having to choose your own safety over offering comfort to the dying because your hospital or health care system doesn’t have enough PPE to go around inflicts moral injury."
Read the article to learn more about 5 approaches to aid recovery from moral injury and its aftermath that healthcare leaders can implement to help mitigate the effects of distress.
Measuring the risk of suicidal ideation
As one of the most important dimensions of psychological distress to track, the Well-Being Index measures the risk of suicidal ideation among healthcare providers. Knowing the signs of suicidal ideation, and consistently measuring the likelihood of developing suicidal thoughts, are important steps for leaders to take in reducing the risk of tragedy. Explore our report on the causes, statistics, and preventative strategies on this vital dimensions of distress.
Hotline staffed by psychiatrists helps coronavirus doctors in distress
The Physician Support Line, a new mental health hotline staffed by over 600 volunteer psychiatrists, launched. The hotline, which is independently run and not affiliated with any healthcare system, fields calls seven days a week from eight in the morning until midnight. The number for the hotline is (888) 409-0141. If you or someone you know is in need of help, call this number or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.
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