Hard-charging healthcare providers might think that asking for emotional or mental health support would make them look weak and unreliable, or would confirm their own deeply held fears about being an imposter in medicine.
Dr. Swisher says it’s important for healthcare workers to grapple with shame, a powerful but rarely discussed emotion in medicine.
The database contains contact information for hundreds of helplines and community centers in the U.S., whose volunteers and staff are trained to connect callers with local mental health providers and resources.
The American Medical Association compiled tips and strategies to help healthcare providers address their own mental health needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline, which is operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, specializes in helping people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

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