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After All This Trauma: Where Is Our Mental Health Headed from Here?

Thursday, September 1 at 7:00am to 8:00am

SEC Auditorium or Zoom

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There is no cost to attend and all interested individuals are invited to participate. Attend on-site in the Student Education Center Auditorium or online via Zoom.


Occupational distress and burnout are leading causes of psychiatric dysfunction (e.g., clinical depression and anxiety) among healthcare providers, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the substantial impact of these factors. Early in the pandemic, healthcare workers were celebrated as heroes. Then, medical misinformation flourished and public health mitigation measures (e.g., mask-wearing) were enforced, and the public's interpretation shifted, resulting in healthcare workers being subjected to abuse and harassment. This, coupled with fear of infection and the already-demanding nature of working in healthcare, has led to all-time high rates of provider burnout (30-50% pre-pandemic to 40-70% now) and early workforce departure.

Burnout occurs when the demands of work exceed the physical and mental resources available to do the work. Burnout results in profound personal and professional consequences, such as depression, substance abuse, broken relationships, impaired quality of care, medical errors, and even suicide. It is essential that healthcare providers can promptly recognize the signs of burnout in themselves and their peers and competently utilize personal coping techniques and organizational strategies to combat the internal and external factors that result in this damaging problem in today's healthcare industry.


  • Recognize the timeline and depth of stressors of the Pandemic on society and particularly, our most vulnerable patients and clinicians. 
  • Acknowledge that many clinicians have experienced some level of trauma.
  • Build a stronger culture and tailored programs of well-being and peer-to-peer support within health systems.

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