Studies show healthcare providers have an increased risk of depression and burnout. Depressive symptoms will continue to develop over time, and may eventually become unmanageable leading to the increased use of alcohol and other substances, as well as suicide. Since there continues to be a stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders, many healthcare professionals do not seek mental health counseling or alcohol/substance use treatment. The passing of Dr. Joseph Stothert, trauma and critical care doctor at Nebraska Medicine, shines the light on mental health disorders and healthcare professionals. In an interview with Dr. Stothert’s wife, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, she shares her husband’s struggle with depression, particularly over the last year, and her desire for him to seek help. You can watch Mayor Stothert’s interview by clicking on the link below.
If you know a healthcare professional that is experiencing an alcohol/substance use disorder, please encourage them to reach out to the NE LAP at 800-851-2336 or 402-354-8055 to begin their recovery process.
Michelle Hruska, LIMHP, LADC
NE LAP Coordinator