Senator Anthony M. Bucco will introduce legislation to support the mental health needs of COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders.
Sen. Anthony M. Bucco will introduce legislation to support the mental health needs of COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders. (Flickr)
“Our healthcare heroes are on the front lines fighting the worst pandemic we have seen in a century. While the physical toll of combating COVID-19 day in and day out is exhausting, the mental toll is devastating, and can be deadly,” said Bucco (R-25). “We must ensure that our hospital workers and first responders have the proper tools and resources they need to cope with the trauma and stress they have endured.”
The legislation would create a program to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health needs of healthcare workers and first responders in a similar fashion to programs implemented after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Bucco said the need for these programs are clear after a top New York City emergency room doctor took her own life after treating patients with COVID-19.
“Our doctor, nurses, and other first responders have been witness as countless personal tragedies have unfolded before them for days and weeks on end,” added Bucco. “They are heroes to us all, but they are also human and need our support. After caring for so many others, it’s our duty to ensure they have the counseling and care they deserve.”
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