National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
Saturday, September 17, 2022
While physician suicide was a crisis long before COVID-19, the demands of the pandemic have created a
sense of urgency to better support physicians’ mental health and well-being. 6 in 10 physicians have
feelings of anger, tearfulness, or anxiety. About one-third feel hopeless. Nearly half of doctors say
they’ve withdrawn from family, friends, and co-workers. These feelings may lead to depression, anxiety,
and post-traumatic stress disorder when left untreated. All of that can lead to suicidal thoughts for
physicians. Doctors have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is a reminder and call to action. Every day we can make time to talk – and to act – so physicians’ struggles don’t become mental health emergencies. We can help prevent physician suicide by learning the signs, starting the conversations, understanding the underlying barriers, and sharing the resources to help those in distress seek mental health care. Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists to provide peer support for physician colleagues and American medical students.
Call 1-888-409-0141 or visit www.physiciansupportline.com. The hotline is open 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM every day;
no appointment is necessary. For an abundance of resources to share with colleagues or have for yourself,
please visit www.npsaday.org for dedicated NPSA Day content and resources.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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If you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, please contact 911 or the suicide hotline at 988.
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Updated 14 November 2023
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