Physician & Medical Student Depression & Suicide from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has much information on depression and suicide in the medical profession and medical schools.
Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide

Male physicians have a 70% higher suicide rate than males in other professions; female physicians die by suicide at a 400% higher rate than females in other professions.

This educational tool addresses depression and suicide among physicians. Physicians frequently fail to recognize their own depression and that or their colleagues.

Even when they do recognize that they are depressed, many physicians avoid treatment. One tragic result is suicide.

Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide is a 17-minute film featuring interviews with doctors who speak candidly about their battles with depression, and medical experts who discuss the factors that frequently prevent physicians from seeking help. Also featured are families that have been touched by a physician’s suicide.

Out of the Silence: Medical Student Depression and Suicide is a 15-minute film sharing the true story of a medical student’s journey through the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a mood disorder. Also addressed is the school’s effort to combat suicide among the nation’s next generation of physicians.

This [program] explores the subject of physician depression and suicide in a sensitive and informative manner, and encourages help-seeking behavior among physicians. —Dr. David Satcher, Director, Satcher Health and Leadership Institute; former U.S. Surgeon General

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It also has a program that can be used by universities (like undergrad, med school, any graduate school or work place) called the Interactive Screening Program. Check out how it works here.

Here is also a good short talk by a doctor about the stigma of mental illness in medical school.

About gatito2

My name is Rhonda. I'm a registered nurse, for the last 20 years, that has not been able to work since the day I learned of my daughter's death by suicide 4-12-13. (She actually died 4-11-13 and her body was not found until the 12th) Me and my husband have been married for 32 years and he's a wonderful man. We grieve in different ways. He works, I write. This is my journey through this horrible land of losing a child..
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