QUEBEC DOCTOR’S SUICIDE DEATH SENDS SHOCKWAVES THROUGH THE CANADIAN MEDICAL COMMUNITY
Shockwaves have been sent throughout the Canadian medical community as a result of the death of a Granby, Quebec emergency physician, 35 year old Dr. Karine Dion, who was also the mother of a young son, who died by committing suicide earlier in January. Her family claims the cause of her death to be from the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Her family and her husband have gone public with this death to let the public know the immense distress that health workers are experiencing on the front lines of this pandemic,” said Dr. Naheed Dosani, a health justice activist and palliative care physician.
“Throughout this pandemic, our health workers on the front lines, my colleagues, have experienced significant mental stress, losses, trauma, grief, and a burden that is really hard to put in words.”
An estimated 86 per cent is around the rate at which doctors who are practicing emergency medicine are experiencing burnout, according to a recent survey by the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP), the national organization representing emergency physicians across the country. The same survey determined that “frontline staff will be adversely affected by COVID-19 both during and after the pandemic.”
Approximately 14 per cent of individuals who were surveyed had contemplated suicide during their emergency medicine staff career, and of those physicians close to six per cent had actively considered suicide within the past year.
Dosani said the pandemic has exponentially increased the level of pressure felt by frontline health-care workers, and if their mental health is not prioritized now, “we won’t beat Covid-19.”
“Remember, one out of five people has a mental health illness (and) nurses, doctors, PSWs are no different” said Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).
A friend of Dion started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her son, Jacob. As of last Tuesday, more than $29,000 was raised.
Shalom, my brothers and sisters, and welcome back to my blog! I’ve deeply missed communicating with you and I pray that God is already moving you to new levels in life and transforming you further as this year progresses. For this week, I chose to write about something that I don’t believe is talked about nearly enough, both in the world we live in and especially within the Church itself. This topic that is so important yet drastically underrated is the issue of mental health, and how it actually supersedes and takes priority over what most of us deem to be most important in our day-to-day living.
In this week’s headline, we are informed of a relatively young physician who became so overwhelmed with stress that she just recently ended up taking her own life. This news is so tragic, yet unfortunately, not uncommon. Keep in mind that this lady was a physician, which is a highly desired career among many. Viewing her life from the outside, one would assume that this lady was overall happy. Just think about it… she had a high paying job in a field that is always in high-demand, meaning she would probably never have had to worry about the possibility of unemployment. To many people, this circumstances alone would generate ultimate satisfaction. Yet despite what she had, this woman still lacked true joy and peace.
If we do not turn to what God’s word says about mental health, then humanity will continue to be in the dark about how to go about such an issue as this. The Bible says in Prov 4:23 (KVJ) to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” The heart is the spirit of a man, and if the spirit is not guarded and filled with the Holy Spirit, the soul (mind, will, and emotions) will rule instead, causing a man to walk in the ways of the flesh, which will ultimately lead to death.
Rom 8:6 reads that “the mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Now, please do keep in mind that I am not questioning the faith of this woman who so tragically committed suicide. However, I am saying that it is indescribably paramount to make sure that the mind is governed by the Holy Spirit. Child of God, please allow me to explain something to you. In this life, it is simply not enough to call yourself a Christian. I commend to ask you… Is Jesus Christ really your Lord? If he is, not only will he be number one in your life, but he will rule your life, and mental illness, challenges and oppression will be very far from you.
In Jesus’s own words, he taught, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul” (Mark 8:36 KJV). In other words, if the mind, will and emotions of a person (the 3 components that compose a human soul) are not healthy, then everything else in life is utterly meaningless. One can have the best job, the “Kodak” perfect marriage, incredible children, great prosperity and affluence, yet with a tormented soul it is all meaningless. Jesus Christ is the true source of all happiness, fulfillment and enjoyment. Choose today to not only call yourself a Christian, but allow him to reign over every area of your life, including the innermost parts of you.
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