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[LISTEN] #Covid-19: Psychiatrist offers support service to healthcare workers

30 March 2020 5:10 PM
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Mental health
Healthcare workers
Coronavirus
COVID-19

Joanne Joseph spoke to psychiatrist Dr Claire Lownie about the pro-bono offering.

Psychiatrist Dr Claire Lownie says if healthcare workers are anxious, depressed or burntout, they are not able to perform at their best and are likely to develop physical and mental illnesses.

With the rising number of covid-19 cases putting pressure on nurses and doctors, Lownie and her colleagues are offering a pro-bono support service for any health care professionals currently working on the frontlines.

They have all of that stress in their home life plus the additional stress of having to look after sick people. We need to support them in every way possible.

Dr Claire Lownie, Psychiatrist

I think doctors are very bad at asking for help; they have a lot of external pressure placed on them to be superhuman and to achieve stuff. It is almost like admitting failure if you have to ask for help. I am concerned that they won't ask for the help that they need and that we are going to see an increase in burnout, depression and anxiety rates.

Dr Claire Lownie, Psychiatrist

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30 March 2020 5:10 PM
Tags:
Mental health
Healthcare workers
Coronavirus
COVID-19

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