“Human beings are amazingly resilient creatures, and as long as hope is present, they tend to do pretty well. However, once that hope is gone, or in this case you believe that no matter how much you were it’s not really making a difference, then burnout, and/or thoughts of depression and suicide, are typically not far behind.” - Tony Thrasher, Medical Director of Crisis Services - Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Thrasher discussed the increasing rate of suicides among the general public as well as healthcare workers during an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. He pointed out that the rate of physician suicides has been going up for the past 25 years. In the U.S., “enough physicians kill themselves every year to fill two incoming medical school classes,” but with this pandemic, “you’re seeing a significant increase of suicide in the entire [healthcare] workforce.”

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