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September is Physician Suicide Awareness Month

September Newsletter - The Coalition for Physician Well-Being


September 17th Webinar

Jeffrey C. Sung, M.D.

University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Webinar: Physician Suicide Awareness

Wellness initiatives to improve the physical and mental health of physicians often have components to address the fatal outcome of suicide. The effectiveness of these programs will depend on accurate understanding of the complex factors contributing to suicide. To clarify these factors, Physician Suicide Awareness reviews how people to respond to suicide death, data related physician suicide, and efforts to answer to the question, “Why do people die by suicide?”


National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

September 17, 2021 will be the fourth annual NPSA Day, designed to bring awareness to the fact that physicians take their own lives at a greater rate than the average population.

For NPSA Day Resources, Social Media Posts, and Events - Click here

 The Well-Being Connector Podcast

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He supervises the provision of spiritually integrated services in clinical programs throughout the hospital’s divisional structure, and collaborates with laboratories to study the clinical relevance of spirituality to anxiety, mood, psychotic, substance use, and other disorders.


Information on each of the prior episodes can be found on our website (click here) and you can download any of the episodes on whichever app you might normally use to listen to podcasts.

News & Research

Critical Care Doctors Are in Crisis Who’s Caring for the ICU Physicians?

"In a recent national survey of roughly 12,000 doctors, more than half of critical care physicians reported burnout. Staffing and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, the death toll, personal safety concerns, a feeling of inadequacy in providing emotional support to patients and their families—all contribute to a wave of difficulty that, deep into the summer of 2021, continues to build." Read more

Assessment of Risk Factors for Suicide Among US Health Care Professionals

This 2020 cohort study looked at 170K individuals who died by suicide across 14 years and parsed out the data on healthcare professionals. Compared to the general population, researchers found that risk factors for physician suicide include older age and job problems. Read more


Physician Suicide Awareness Summit

Doctors Under the Radar presents its first-ever virtual Physician Suicide Awareness Summit, (PSA.IS), on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. This summit is for everyone, not just for physicians! Join PSA.IS for an impactful day of engaging collaborations, empowering panels, educational awareness and enlightening solutions. To get your tickets today, register here.

Resources from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Materials to support National Suicide Prevention Week

A toolkit of social media and other resources to promote conversations about suicide during National Suicide Prevention Week, September 5-11 from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Read more

  • Webinar - Policy Approaches to Preventing Suicide Among Health Professionals & First Responders

September 8, from 3:00 - 3:45pm Eastern via Zoom. Learn about federal and state policy initiatives that aim to provide vital suicide prevention and mental health services for our nation's health professionals and first responders. Attendees will also learn about several current suicide prevention resources available to the health professional and first responder communities. Read more

  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Medical Schools

This detailed toolkit is published by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention specifically for medical schools for suicide postvention. But it can be broadly applied in any organizational setting and provides a roadmap for those who are thoughtful about the emerging mental health wave that might swamp our healthcare system in the midst and wake of COVID-19. Read more

Preventing Physician Suicide Identify and Support At-Risk Physicians

This AMA CME module helps learners identify risk factors and warning signs, apply standardizes process for physicians seeking support in your practice, and creating an environment of support and wellness. Read more

Physician Suicide Prevention: Listening to the Voices of Experience

The free virtual program ($50 for CME) by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs is designed to share resources and support and recognize the importance of our ability to be there for each other. Read more

New Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis

The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is excited for the release of its new book, Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis. With timely content geared towards physician leaders at every level, our new book offers recommendations and practical solutions for combating the negative effects of burnout while providing the tools necessary for building resilience and restoring hope. For more information and to order click here.

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