Category: Physician Suicide

How hospitals censor doctor suicides & silence survivors →

Physicians experience the highest suicide rate of any profession. I’ve been investigating doctor suicides for more than 5 years. What began as a personal quest to discover why so many of my physician friends had died by suicide has now

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Doctor Suicide Crazy Socks Day is June 1 →

Did you know that June 1st is a day devoted to raising awareness about doctor suicide by wearing “crazy socks” and posting photos on social media with hashtag #CrazySocks4Docs? Though the concept seems strange, the goal is to normalize conversations

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Why are so many male anesthesiologists dying by suicide? →

Pamela Wible: I’m sitting here today with mental health expert Sydney Ashland, who co-facilitates our physician retreats. We just came back from our 20th retreat and I’m reading through some e-mails and I’ve got one that I want to discuss

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NYC doctor suicides linked to bullying? →

 Pamela Wible: I am consulting with Sydney Ashland about the recent suicides in New York City. There were two at NYU within five days of each other—a medical student and a psychiatry resident. Today I received this email: “Dear

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Suicide prevention keynote gets standing ovation at AMSA →

Joey Johnson:  We are honored to introduce our keynote speakers, Dr. Pamela Wible and Robyn Symon. Dr. Wible speaks widely on healthcare delivery and is a best-selling author of Physician Suicide Letters—Answered. When not treating patients Dr. Wible devotes herself

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Dr. Wible Keynote: “Act, Don’t Ask” →

Dr. Wible’s AMSA keynote from March 10, 2018, is transcribed and edited below. Click here for FULL keynote address—that received a standing ovation! Pamela Wible: Alright I’m a little sleep deprived, I was in this room after the film last

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Physician suicide at epidemic levels in USA, India →

Today a physician told me she lost 3 colleagues to suicide in the last 2 months.  Loma Linda Hospital just lost 3 young doctors to suicide in 6 months.  Mount Sinai had 3 docs jump in less than 2 years—from

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What I told Dr. Oz about these 757 doctor suicides →

On March 22 Dr. Oz aired our segment “Doctors Who Snapped” about the doctor suicide crisis. He interviews Janae Sharp, a widow who lost her husband John to suicide as a medical student; Ashley Edwards, a reporter who covered the

Dr. OZ investigates America’s doctor suicide crisis →

Meet activists on the front lines of uncovering our doctor suicide crisis on Thursday, March 22. Emmy-winning filmmaker Robyn Symon shares scenes from her forthcoming documentary Do No Harm: Exposing the Hippocratic Hoax. Reporter Ashley Edwards reveals how she discovered

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A doctor suicide is more important than a cookie recipe →

I spent last weekend in NYC. I didn’t go to a Broadway Show. I didn’t go shopping at Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue. I didn’t dine at any fine restaurants. Instead, I sat at 515 W. 59th—the location of the most

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My eulogy to Dr. Deelshad Joomun →

Tonight we gather as a community. Each of us to shine our light on the most recent suicide. On the life of a brilliant, loving, kind woman. A woman who dedicated her very life to helping and healing others. As

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Doctor suicide: where are the vigils, cards & flowers? →

Two days ago a beautiful young doctor jumped to her death beside her NYC hospital. A resident in the victim’s building writes: “I first heard of this tragedy from your Facebook page. I am so disgusted by the silence. I

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Suicided doctor: covered up with a tarp—and silence. →

Yesterday afternoon another young doctor jumped to her death in NYC. She landed at the entrance of the building where she lived. Within less than an hour, I received the following emails about her. All published with permission. “Hello Pamela,

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The most honest obituary →

Sometimes there are no words. Not even a eulogy. Then one courageous family writes this obituary. [This obituary was written by Rachel Dawson, his wife, with the blessing of his parents] In it they share how their son lost his

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Doctor-bashing (dead) doctors →

Dr. Jon Azkue dies by suicide and media reports his death as an “inconvenience to patients.” He’s treated as if he is guilty of a crime. No sympathy. No sadness for the loss of a man who dedicated his entire

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