Local doctors examining how the pandemic has impacted frontline workers’ mental health

BOSTON — Nurses have been a vital part of the response to COVID-19 in Massachusetts and will continue to be crucial in the fight against the virus.

Nurses have had to step up and fill so many roles. The pandemic has undoubtedly impacted them in many ways, including effects on mental health.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has teamed up with researchers at Boston University and the University of Memphis to create a research survey about nurses’ experiences during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. Todd Farchione is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. He’s among those collecting the data. Boston 25 News Anchors Kerry Kavanaugh and Mark Ockerbloom spoke with Dr. Farchione about why it’s important now to study the mental health of nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic  and exactly what researchers are trying to understand.

The study has already heard from about 500 nurses. But they want to hear from thousands in Massachusetts and beyond.

Anyone who wants to involved can contact the Center for Anxiety at Boston University  at  (617) 353-9610 or by visiting their website here.

The Center for Anxiety is offering free psychological support to Massachusetts frontline healthcare workers.  Anyone interested can sign up through this link.

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