When health care workers are a part of or witness an adverse event or other upsetting situation they are often isolated with their emotions. Being able to talk about and share these experiences can alleviate emotional distress and job-related stress, and lead to improving patient care. Often, those who can be most supportive in these circumstances are peers.
The New York Times article, “Why Do Doctors Commit Suicide,” explores the vulnerability of suicide for residents due to the physical and mental toll of training. This article is a great example of the need for a medical culture that encourages health care workers to share their doubts and fears with peers. To read the article click here.