Which organizations provide information for the prevention of physician suicide?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Louise B Andrew, MD, JD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The American Medical Association had a 2009 directive from its House of Delegates to work with the Federation of State Medical Boards and Federation of State Physician Health Programs to study barriers to effective utilization of physician health programs, including assurance of confidentiality safeguards, and to educate members and others regarding the relationships between state licensing authorities and physician health programs. It is unclear what if any effect this activity has had on physician willingness to seek help for mental illnesses. However, the AMA and other organizations have realized that there is an emerging crisis of burnout in physicians and medical trainees, and are taking steps to address at least the burnout component. 

For further information and resources related to physician depression and suicide, consult the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (at www.afsp.org) and Black-Bile (at www.black-bile.com). (The latter website is named for the English translation of the Greek words melas [black] and khole [bile], from which the word melancholy is derived.) Information on litigation-related stress, along with related materials and resources, can be found at www.mdmentor.com.

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