Very few outside of medicine understand the true extent of the emotional and physical abuse endured by front line health care professionals.

We’ve been silent for too long, accepting atrocious, inhumane, and sometimes deadly behavior by patients — and occasionally fellow colleagues — as part of our “job description.” This has to end. It’s time we stopped harming our healers.

We created this video (inspired by Say Something by Great Big World & Christina Aguilera) because we felt that we needed to say something…but beyond that, we need to do something. Send this to your congressional representative. Share it with your administration. Send it to friends who don’t understand what it’s like to be bitten, punched, clawed at, and called horrible names—all while being made to feel it’s somehow your fault. It’s time we were #silentnomore.

The YouTube version above features harmony vocals from psychiatrist and Z-Pac member Dr. Michele LaGrone, MD. We’re so grateful to have her amazing talent on this track! The Facebook version below features just me. Thanks to the amazing Devin Moore for the arrangement and audio engineering, and for coaching me on how to sing what turned out to be a really, really hard piece.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support this movement on Patreon. Your support makes videos like this—which no corporate sponsor would touch—possible. Thank you for helping us give you a voice.


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Say something, I won’t give up on you

I’ll be the one, if you want me to

Anywhere, I should’ve followed you

Say something, I won’t give up on you
And I am feeling so small

It was over my head

I did nothing at all
And I did stumble and fall

I’m just trying to care

But they say it’s my fault
Say something, I won’t give up on you

I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you

Anyway, I should’ve followed you

Say something, I won’t give up on you
And I still hide this inside

I went in this for love

Now I’m wondering why
Say something, I won’t give up on you

And I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you

And anywhere, I would have followed you

Oh, oh, oh, oh say something, I won’t give up on you
Say something, we won’t give up on you

Say something

7 Responses to “Say Something”

  1. Susan H

    Thank you Z, for all your advocacy and education on behalf of all healthcare workers.

  2. Deborah Wolf

    Thank you…this is powerful.

  3. Gail Frances Thompson

    Very powerful! I was angered watching this atrocity!
    Can we send this to President Trump? And the entire White House, Congress, Legislators? And most definitely my favorite, the man with largest set of gonads, ‘Mad Dog Mattis’?

  4. rapnzl rn

    ZDogg, I am so grateful for your support of the tribe. My scars are only emotional (the physical ones have faded). The patient-caregiver relationship is evolving, and not always in the best way. We need to raise awareness. “Thank you” is an inadequate expression of my gratitude.

  5. Christina Brink

    Thank you all for continuing to give us a voice.

  6. Cheryl

    Thank you for speaking out for healthcare workers. I do understand the bottom line of profit/loss. But management is not on the front line with these patients…the nurses are. Again thank you for speaking out and maybe one day the bean counters will listen

  7. Lisa Lersch Noel

    Thank u for giving us a voice! We type up incident reports to no avail. Being told, you being hurt doesn’t count because the patient is sick or the family member is too emotionally upset. Guess what… we are there to help that patient, not to go home being called every name under the sun, bite marks, bruises, or smelling of urine because they threw it on you. After that, having to get tested to be sure you didn’t contract anything! It’s not ok for these people to do it at the local coffee shop and it is not ok for it to be done to nurses/ medical workers in the hospital. We need our rights protected just as much as the next guy.


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