It has been a whole year since our already complex lives have been pushed to the edge. For all of us, it has entirely changed our practice and limited the activities that bring us joy. When additional stressful events contribute to this burden, such as patient complaints or adverse events, it is overwhelming.
In situations like this, the majority of physicians prefer to talk to a peer rather than a mental health provider or employment assistance program. We are all in this together, so let’s make a conscious effort to keep an eye out and even reach out to our peers, our colleagues, any time you see something just a bit off. By normalizing this “reach out”, removing any stigma associated with accepting help, we will create a more supportive environment and get through this together. Reach out to a peer in need.