Potential negative consequences of mental health care

The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation and the Physicians Foundation have joined to research physician burnout. J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, cofounder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, explains how the findings affect physicians and other staff. “You’ve got an environment that is set up in a way that’s not supportive of the overall well-being … of the health care workforce,” he says.

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.