Re­mem­ber to take care of those who take care of us in a cri­sis

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Mod­ern Health­care’s re­cent cover story “The other vic­tims of gun vi­o­lence” (June 27/July 4, p. 18) calls at­ten­tion to the im­por­tant fact that, in the wake of disas­ter, trauma work­ers of­ten need sup­port and coun­sel­ing just as much as the pa­tients they treat. In our 35 years of pro­vid­ing em­ployee as­sis­tance pro­gram ser­vices and cri­sis sup­port in re­sponse to hun­dreds of events, we’ve been called on to fill an in­creas­ing need to help first re­spon­ders, trauma work­ers and even mem­bers of the me­dia cope with the emo­tional toll of daily ex­po­sure to vi­o­lence and trauma.

It’s re­fresh­ing to read that, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Les­lie Zun, chair of emer­gency medicine at Chicago’s Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal, the cul­ture is chang­ing and it’s no longer con­sid­ered a sign of weak­ness to reach out for help. We ap­plaud em­ploy­ers that pro­vide as­sis­tance for their em­ploy­ees. We also en­cour­age busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees to re­mem­ber that the ef­fects of trauma reach be­yond di­rect vic­tims. Re­sources and sup­port should be avail­able for all those af­fected, es­pe­cially the in­di­vid­u­als we rely on most to take care of us in a cri­sis.

Ted Uczen Pres­i­dent and CEO FEI Be­hav­ioral Health Mil­wau­kee

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