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Physician Support Line Lets Doctors Express Anxiety, Hopelessness, Rage During Pandemic

A person holds an Apple iPhone 7. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A person holds an Apple iPhone 7. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, 3,000 Americans died of COVID-19, setting a record in the U.S. and worldwide. This as more than 200,000 people here are testing positive for the disease daily.

As the virus spreads, so does the toll it’s taking on health care workers who have spent months putting themselves and their families at risk, sometimes watching colleagues get sick or die, while others deny the disease exists at all.

Philadelphia psychiatrist Mona Masood anticipated how doctors would be affected way back in March and started the psychiatrist-staffed Physician Support Line, where support for doctors is a phone call away. She joins host Robin Young with hotline volunteer psychiatrist Nancy Burkey to talk about the work they’re doing.

Reach the Physician Support Line at 1-888-409-0141.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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