Dr. Breen, 49, head of the emergency department at a Manhattan Hospital, has committed suicide after spending days on the front lines of the pandemic. She was survived by her family as she passed away at her father’s house in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her father said that she had gotten sick with the virus for one week and a half, but then returned to work after recovering. Then she was sent home again and brought to her father’s home. Dr. Lorna had no history of mental illness, but she expressed to her father that it was painful to watch patients suffering with the virus. Mental health professionals say that the PTSD from the pandemic is taking its toll on many people, especially frontline healthcare workers. It is very difficult for all healthcare workers during this pandemic, it can be too much at times, explains an ICU doctor who works in Manhattan.
Many people cope with depression and anxiety, no one is an exception. However, the solution is not to keep it to one’s self. We need to reach out for help, so that mental illness will not have its way in our lives, like it did to Dr. Breen.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety, please reach out to them or seek help from The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number is 1-800-273-8255
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