Statement on Recent Physician Suicides

As we come to the end of this week of learning and gathering with our psychiatry colleagues at the APA Annual Meeting, we are taking a moment to reflect on the tragic loss of two young members of our medical community this past week at NYU. This comes just months after other local physician suicide deaths. We know that physicians have higher rates of burnout, depression, and suicide risk than the general population. These tragic events underscore the need for systemic solutions to support physicians and physicians-in-training. Our deepest condolences are extended to the family, friends, and colleagues of these two young professionals as well as the entire NYU community.

If you are in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you are in New York City, you can also find support by calling NYC WELL at 1-888-NYC-WELL or by texing "WELL" to 65173.

For additional information and resources on physician well-being and burnout, visit the APA's website here


 

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