“Burnout is at a crisis level, made worse by COVID-19,” says sleep medicine specialist Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH, quoted by MedPageToday.
Approximately 50% of healthcare professionals were already experiencing some form of burnout syndrome before the pandemic, which only worsened their professional and personal wellbeing. Per the Surgeon General Advisory issued on May 23, 2022, there is an urgent need to address the healthcare worker burnout crisis sweeping across the country. This is not only to support those currently struggling but also to prepare for the projected shortage of 3 million low-wage healthcare workers in the next five years. Continue reading →
Recent tragic events have underscored the importance of psychiatric wellness and sparked a national conversation surrounding the pressing need for improved mental health care. Despite increased attention, mental health is often overlooked as a vital component of overall pediatric health and wellbeing; in fact, many children who have psychological disorders remain undiagnosed due to a pervasive lack of awareness, education, and resources.
As mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders begin in early childhood and can severely progress if left untreated, it is paramount for clinicians, parents, and caregivers to remain aware of and attuned to children’s mental health, potential disorders, and their alarmingly high prevalence.
The topic of mental health has been catapulted to the forefront of the healthcare community, with chronic stress, burnout, and loneliness rising significantly due to the pandemic and its long-lasting aftereffects. Each year, May celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, a national movement working to raise awareness about mental health and its escalating prevalence, combat stigma, provide support, and educate the public.