Behavioral Health Workers

Language not only describes what we think, but shapes how we think. Many of us remember terms that have fallen out of fashion or even have been deemed offensive (good riddance, in many cases), especially when it comes to behavioral health. One of the biggest changes, thankfully, has been a shift…
The Department of Health and Human Services and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership whose members include the AHA, April 23 released a national strategy and federal plan to prevent suicide over the next 10 years. The updated strategy includes a new pillar…
According to a 2022 report from the Journal of the American Medical Association, even now, long after the height of the crisis, health care workers’ emotional exhaustion is 27% more prevalent than pre-pandemic. The lasting effects of the pandemic on mental health are real, and they are challenging.
In this discussion, Gaurava Agarwal, M.D., vice president and chief wellness executive at Northwestern Medicine and director of faculty wellness at Northwestern University, and Samantha Saggese, physician assistant of nephrology and hypertension at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, explain the…
For National Suicide Prevention Month and National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, the Zero Suicide Institute and the Suicide Prevention in the Health Care Workforce guide provides strategies for preventing suicide in physicians and health care workers.
The shortage of behavioral health care professionals is a serious public health issue, particularly in rural areas.
For health care workers, finding the right words to support a colleague struggling with their mental health or thoughts of suicide can be challenging.
Health care has always been a demanding profession, and the effects of the last few years have meant that health care workers have been asked to do more with less.
Health care workers are stressed out, stretched out, burned out and leaving the profession in truly alarming numbers. It doesn’t have to be this way and there are opportunities to make workplaces engines of mental health and well-being.