Mental health on the COVID frontlines: Our next crisis?

Nurses, doctors and hospital staffers who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic have witnessed some incredibly tough moments over the past year, many involving death and despair.

It’s probably fair to say that many health care professionals go into the career because they are the type of people who want to help others. And for many, that means being hands-on with patients.

Health care turned upside-down

In March 2020, the world was flipped upside-down, and because of that, there have been and continue to be many who have experienced difficult moments, some of which have led to real mental health crises.

A few of their stories are documented in the video above, but we wanted to tell you a little bit about the situation here, too.

In a mental health and wellness poll from the American Nurses Foundation, results in early March 2021 showed that:

  • 51% of nurses feel overwhelmed
  • 60% of nurses have difficult sleeping
  • 48% feel anxious or unable to relax
  • 48% feel irritable
  • 40% feel sad
  • 23% are optimistic about the future

Help us report the story: Poll -- How are you doing with your mental health?

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