April 22, 2016
Hi Dr. Wible,
I am a third-year surgery resident at a massive academic center and a struggling wife… I have had an atrocious year and have thought of suicide nearly daily. Tonight I was actually searching for “painless effective suicide methods” when Google brought me to your article and TED talk. Thank you for talking about this. I feel less alone. I am still miserable and struggling and wishing the pain could end, but your talk made me feel less ashamed and alone. Thank you. It is very weird reaching out to a complete stranger, but I wanted to thank you and realistically your talk may have saved my life… At least for tonight when I was close to ending it.
A broken battered intermittently suicidal surgery resident
How to save a suicidal surgeon:
- Allow surgeons to ask for help. It’s a tough job full of trauma.
- Love and appreciate your surgeons. You may save your surgeon’s life.
- End the medical culture of hazing, bullying, and abuse.
Letter published with permission. Please help shine a spotlight on this global crisis. Thank you.