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National Physician Suicide Awareness Day Sept. 17th

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is here to help everyone prevent physician suicide – including physicians, their colleagues and their loved ones. We need to come together and break down the culture of silence around physician mental health. It’s a time to talk – and to act – so physicians’ struggles don’t become mental health emergencies.

What You Can Do

The following are 5 evidence-based actions physicians can do – and their loved ones and colleagues can encourage – to help prevent suicide.

  1. Cultivate daily self-care habits by being curious about “how you tick” (i.e., take note of and practice the activities that lead to positive outcomes).
  2. Realize that mental health is a dynamic part of human health, which means individuals can have some influence over their own mental health outcomes (e.g., staying on effective treatment for a recurrent pattern of depression or anxiety to positively affect mental health).
  3. Look out for colleagues. Realize that subtle changes in behavior can be the “tip of the iceberg” indicating more significant struggles.
  4. Do not assume that accomplished peers have it together and never struggle (i.e., check in on strong friends).
  5. Learn how to have caring conversations, colleague to colleague, that invite deeper disclosure.
  6. When dialoguing with a distressed colleague, remember that with distress comes negative cognitive distortions, so it is critically important to state the obvious—that you respect them, think well of them for getting help, are willing to help them connect with treatment, and will continue to be there for them. If you have struggled previously, you may have special empathy that you can marshal to help them understand they are not alone.


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Physicians Support Line

Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues and American medical students as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.

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For the Front Lines

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AAFP Resources

Physician Health First

AAFP has created a platform for supporting physician health. Many family physicians report feeling dissatisfied in their profession, and disconnected from their purpose. As physicians you face more challenges than ever in delivering quality patient care. Regulation burdens, documentation mandatories, operational policies, practice inefficiencies, and a culture of physician self-sacrifice all get in the way of serving the patient. 

Physician Health First offers resources for burnout, crisis help, assessment tests, tools to well-being, and so much more. 

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Physician Well-Being CME

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  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Achieving the Quadruple AIM
  • Be a Physician Leader in Health IT
  • COVID-19: Physician Well-being in the Time of
  • Direct Primary Care
  • Physician Leadership - Closing the Gender Gap
  • Relaxation on the Run for Doctors and Patients
  • Your Feelings Are Real: Navigating Grief & Anger 
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