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THURSDAY AT 10: Help for health care workers facing stresses on the job

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the pandemic continues, the stress over the virus hasn't gone away.

Health care workers are seeing how it impacts patients every day, working harder than ever right now to keep everyone safe.

Experts say they're seeing more health care workers seeking counseling, because the pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health.

"People get in survival mode and you just think, what do I need to do today to get to the job, to meet my family obligations, and we can really neglect our own mental health needs," said Dr. Lisa Baker, a psychologist at SSM Health.

For months, health care workers in hospital intensive care units have been spending more time caring for the patients hit hardest by COVID-19.

"If we have another surge, we don't know what's going to happen, and I think that creates some anxiety in itself," said Kristie Reilly, a respiratory therapist at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital. "I think the fact that we're such a close working department and that we work so well together that we will get through anything that comes to us."

Thursday on 27 News at 10, we've got you covered on the help for the helpers; how those on the frontlines are getting through the coronavirus crisis and the new mental health programs available for them.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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