The recent suicides of healthcare workers on the front lines highlight a potential second disaster in the making. Psychiatrist Wendy Dean is an expert on Moral Injury and talks about real solutions.
Dr. Wendy Dean was the featured mental health expert on MSNBC’s Live with Joshua Johnson on May 2, 2020. She first defines moral injury and then goes on to discuss the impossibly difficult decisions and conditions clinicians are working under during the coronavirus pandemic. She goes on to caution about calling healthcare workers heroes, because there will come a time when those heroes need to be human and process the trauma they have undergone during this time.
Hero worship alone doesn’t protect frontline clinicians from distress. Dr. Wendy Dean is interviewed on the role of psychological trauma and the role it will play in the coming weeks and months as healthcare continues to reckon with the coronavirus pandemic.
What is moral injury and why is it important? Wendy Dean, MD, helps guide us in this conversation about Moral Injury and why it is so important in the context of COVID-19. This is our second appearance on the Happy Doc Podcast. Thanks for having us back, Dr. Brana!