France’s ‘burnout’ clinic: exhausted health workers seek respite from Covid’s front line

/ France People train at the Le Gouz Clinic for healthcare professionals in the Saône-et-Loire department in eastern France. © AFP / FRANCE 24

After using prescription drugs and alcohol to deal with fatigue and emotional stress, Virginie, a nursing assistant at a psychiatric nursing home, finally sought help. She came to Le Gouz, a clinic in eastern France designed to treat medical staff, many of whom say they suffer from burnout and other mental health problems as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.