Words of Wisdom to Soldiers of the Pandemic

April 29, 2020

The doctors, nurses, aids, food staff, and janitors are among the frontline heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. They know its ravages best and are most at risk. We mustn't let them down.

Fifty years ago, I heard the war horrors of many soldiers returning from Vietnam. Today, I'm hearing the medical horrors of many people on the COVD-19 frontlines. "Thank you for your service" simply doesnt cut it. We badly let down our Vietnam Vets. We mustn't let down our Pandemic Vets.

The doctors, nurses, aids, food staff, and janitors are among the frontline heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. They know its ravages best and are most at risk. It is perfectly normal to experience grief, sadness, fear, emotional numbing, insomnia and recurrent nightmares, loss of appetite, and even suicidal thoughts.

There is no real consolation and no magical advice, but here are a few words from me and list of sites ready to provide support and help. Please dont be too proud to ask. We all need help in time of crisis. And thank you so much for your service.

Psychiatric Times Coronavirus ResourcesAmerican Psychiatric Association Coronavirus ResourcesCDC COVID-19 Stress and CopingNew York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 ResourcesAmerican Psychological Association (APA) Resources PageAmerican Medical Association: Managing mental health during COVID-19Veteran's Administration National Center for PTSD Resources for Health Care WorkersSchwartz Center Resources for Healthcare Professionals Coping with the COVID-19 PandemicCrisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)