RIP Dr. Lorna Breen

When we talk about health, we often talk about physical health. Mental health is likely to be ignored.

As Covid-19 continues its stranglehold on our world, we look to the doctors and nurses for support and help. But who helps them?

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month. In normal times, we would be talking about removing the stigma from mental health and allowing those who suffer to open up. But we, as we all know, are not living in normal times.

Last week, Dr. Lorna Breen, committed suicide after working for weeks on end to save the lives of as many Covid-19 patients as possible.

If nothing else, I think that loss of Dr. Breen’s life and every other medical professional reminds us that our health is more than our body. It is our mind as well.

Sometimes, the only way to change is to face a dramatic loss or upset. Perhaps when this is all said and done, we will finally recognize the important of mental health and treating it with the same respect as physical health.

May the memory of Dr. Breen and everyone who has died because of this virus forever be a blessing. Z”l.

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