Dying to Help

During the pandemic, when he was often the only emergency room physician on duty at his Utah hospital, Scott Jolley reached a tipping point. He took a sabbatical in August 2020 and sought help, but Jolley’s story ended in tragedy with his suicide.  
There are too many stories like Jolley’s that could have been prevented, according to a Vox report on physicians’ mental health problems and the barriers they face in seeking help—fear of losing their medical license, stigma, and a lack of support in the health care system. The pandemic laid bare the extent of the crisis. 
“The powers that be need to start getting it through their heads that this is a problem.” says Jolley’s friend, physician Myles Greenberg.


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