Physician burnout was bad going into the COVID-19 pandemic

Physicians and other health care workers began learning workplace burnout was increasing before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, cofounder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, uses a sports analogy to describe how the pandemic made a difficult situation worse.

National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 4-10 and National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is Sept. 17, 2022. New survey findings show physician burnout in the workplace is a continuing problem that is not getting better. It also may be a contributor to feelings of depression and suicide. The Physicians Foundation, the Dr. Lorna Breen Foundation and the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative are calling on health organizations to implement solutions that physicians deserve to support their mental health. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.