Family of ER doctor who died by suicide is working to save other health care workers

April 27, 2021


More than 8 in 10 emergency room physicians like Breen reported feeling more stress during the pandemic, but nearly half said they were not comfortable seeking mental health treatment, according to a poll released in October by the American College of Emergency Physicians and Morning Consult. More than 70% of those polled said there is a stigma in their workplace around getting help.

"It's there and it's strong," Jennifer Feist said. "It is a well-established premise in healthcare that you do not seek mental health care, you just don't."

Feist said a major reason healthcare professionals avoid seeking help is fear of losing their job or their medical license.

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