EP 580 What Happens When Care Providers Need Care Themselves?

The Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has issued a new Advisory highlighting the urgent need to address the health worker burnout crisis across the country.  Health workers, physicians, nurses, community and public health workers and others have faced systemic challenges in the health care system even before the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to crisis levels of burnout.  Dr. Joe Parks, a psychiatrist and medical director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, joins us to discuss this issue and many others affecting the mental health of all Americans, including a recent study by the National Council depicting the inadequate mental health services available to many Americans across the country.  It’s a wide ranging discussion which includes the impact of the renewed focus on mental health included in the new gun safety legislation.