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Media Advisory: New Poll: Barriers, Stigma Prevent Frontline Physicians from Seeking Mental Health Treatment During Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Fighting COVID-19 is taking an undue toll on emergency physicians. A teleconference hosted on Monday, October 26 at 3:30 pm EDT by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) during ACEP20—the world’s largest emergency medicine conference—will detail the results of a new ACEP/Morning Consult poll about the mental health of our frontline heroes.

Featured panelists will reveal new data about the barriers that prevent emergency physicians from seeking mental health treatment and discuss solutions to protect the physicians who are risking their lives and livelihoods to care for millions of patients.

WHAT: ACEP/Morning Consult Emergency Physician Mental Health Poll Results

WHEN: October 26th at 3:30 p.m. EDT

ACCESS: Click here to register in advance:

Webinar ID: 991 9504 8721

Or join by phone (toll free):

US: 877-853-5257 or 855-880-1246

International numbers available:


  • Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, president-elect, ACEP
  • Jennifer Breen Feist, JD, and co-founder, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
  • Corey Feist, JD, MBA, and co-founder, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation

Stress on the frontlines is increasing while many doctors cannot seek mental health treatment due to the stigma surrounding mental illness or legitimate fear of professional consequences. Dr. Rosenberg will be joined by Jennifer and Corey Feist, sister and brother-in-law of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency physician in New York who tragically died by suicide while battling COVID-19.

Emergency physicians have historically had higher rates of career burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than other medical specialties, and that was before the pandemic. Despite the prevalence of mental health challenges, physicians are discouraged from seeking the care they need, and many doctors are left with no better option than to suffer in silence. This new data will help the ongoing efforts of ACEP and others to dismantle barriers for physicians who seek mental health treatment and reduce the stigma of physicians’ mental illness.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education, and advocacy, ACEP advances emergency care on behalf of its 40,000 emergency physician members, and the more than 150 million people they treat on an annual basis. For more information, visit and

Contact: Steve Arnoff | | Twitter @EmergencyDocs

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