New White Paper Offers Insights on Supporting Employees’ Behavioral Health

Nancy Spangler, Ph.D., OTR/L Most employers don’t realize that a significant percentage of people with symptoms of a mental health or substance use condition doesn’t receive appropriate treatment. Instead, they suffer in silence, which creates struggles across many areas of life – including their engagement and performance and work. Our mental health can decline, just as our physical health can. … Read More

Employee Input Is Key to Mitigating Burnout and Trauma

Kathy Cox Chief of Staff, Director of Communications & Operations Though burnout and trauma exposure have different causes and symptoms – and require different interventions and remedies – it’s well established that both are highly toxic to the wellbeing, resilience, and health of employees. Particularly concerning is that those “helpers” working in demanding environments – our physicians and nurses, social … Read More

Reflections on 9/11 and the Suffering of Our Helpers

Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H. Founder and CEO Although it’s been two weeks since the anniversary and remembrances of 9/11, I find myself still reflecting on how it changed the lives of so many, including my own. The horrors of that day occurred only two months after I started my residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. For me, once … Read More

What Is Stopping Us From Action?

Earlier this year, The Washington Post Health and Sciences section posted an article entitled “What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides” by Dr. Pamela Wible (Washington Post, January 13, 2018). Dr. Wible started tracking doctor suicides about five years ago, determined to find the underlying cause after attending 3 doctors’ funerals (death by suicide) in 18 short … Read More

Doctors Are In Pain: A Different Perspective on Why We Should Address Burnout

Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the ACPH Finding Joy in Medicine conference (San Francisco, Oct 12-13, 2017)   A group of over 400 healthcare leaders – the majority physicians – convened in the smoky particulate plume of San Francisco last week to attend the American Conference on Physician Health. The theme this year was “Finding … Read More

Key Concepts in Organizational Stress

Many organizations don’t think about the impacts of stress on their workforce in a systematic way when designing their organizational policy. How could they? Policies grow over time, and often are reactive rather than proactive. These are the key concepts Greenleaf uses to assess the current Stress Responsiveness of an organization and support the leadership in making more stress responsive policy decisions.