The impact of COVID-19 on America’s healthcare workforce has increased burnout to historic levels. Many clinicians need mental health support – but they fear getting it could end their careers. That’s what happened to Dr. Lorna Breen, a courageous emergency physician who fought to save so many from COVID-19. Broken-hearted, she sought mental health support. But then she took her own life, fearing the stigma of needing mental health care would mean an end to her medical career. This tragedy never should have happened, and it never should again.
The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act helps promote mental and behavioral health among those working on the front lines of the pandemic. It also supports suicide and burnout prevention training in health professional training programs and increases awareness and education about suicide and mental health concerns among healthcare professionals.
The Medical Society of Virginia is working closely with the Dr. Lorna Breen Foundation to share the SafeHaven™ legal protections legislation and resources across Virginia and the United States to ensure healthcare workers have access to necessary mental health support right when they need it. This legislation has been endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA) as model legislation and is key to supporting the mental health of healthcare workers.
Congress needs to act NOW to pass the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act! Write to Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to thank them for supporting this pivotal piece of legislation.