Surgeon general issues call to action on front-line healthcare workers' mental health

United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, issued an official advisory May 23 stressing the immediate need to combat the health worker burnout crisis in the U.S. 

It details that health workers, including physicians, nurses, community and public health workers, nurse aides, and others are dealing with crisis levels of burnout from facing systemic challenges in the healthcare system that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The advisory says that promoting mental health and well-being among front-line health workers is a priority for the presidential administration and a key objective of President Joe Biden's national mental health strategy within his Unity Agenda.

Dr. Murthy laid out recommendations on how to address factors causing burnout, improve health worker well-being and strengthen the nation's public health infrastructure in the "Surgeon General's Advisory Addressing Health Worker Burnout," which can be found here.

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