COVID-19 ER Doctors Share What They Need for Better Mental Health

April 2, 2021

Verywell Health

Mental health treatment is generally available as part of health insurance coverage or even as a benefit of working in a hospital. Yet nearly half of emergency physicians polled said they were not comfortable seeking mental health treatment. Close to three quarters said they feared consequences in the workplace, and more than half said they worried about professional consequences if they sought mental health care. 

“Physicians seeking mental health treatment in our current system are rightfully concerned about possibly losing their medical licenses or facing other professional setbacks,” Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP and chair of emergency medicine at St. Joseph's Health in New Jersey, tells Verywell. “The pandemic emphatically underscores our need to change the status quo when it comes to physicians’ mental health.”

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