A call for submissions on physician mental health

As co-editors of a special issue of Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, we invite you to submit your manuscript on physician mental health. Suicide is an occupational hazard of the medical profession. Though students enter medicine with their mental health on par with or better than their peers, they are three times more likely to kill themselves, according to the American Medical Student Association. In some residency programs 75% of interns meet criteria for major depression. Suicide risk increases with untreated mental illness. Physicians who die by suicide are less likely to be receiving mental health care compared with nonphysician suicides. Physicians are more likely to self-medicate for anxiety, depression, and suicidality—with tragic outcomes. Have you had a personal experience with losing a colleague in medicine to suicide? Have you struggled with mental health as a medical student or physician? Submissions can be theoretical, empirical, or present state-of-the-art reviews of important subject matter on physician mental health/suicide, but they have to advance scholarly knowledge and contribute to research practice in an original way.
We welcome submissions before October 31, 2019.
We can’t wait to read your story!
Mariaelena Bartesaghi, Ph.D., & Pamela Wible, M.D.

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6 comments on “A call for submissions on physician mental health
  1. Anon says:

    I would change “Be Brave” to “Its stupidity to reveal”

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      That is the perfect comment from anonymous. Totally appreciate your perspective. Problem is that if we all cower in fear the system will continue to perpetrate human rights violations against physicians who will suffer mental health wounds. If physicians unite, speak up, and stop fearing their oppressors we will be liberated. I favor liberation.

  2. Meredith Jaye Addison says:

    The more we share and care, the better we do!!! TOGETHER we can accomplish GREAT things!!!

  3. Kaihe says:

    Is this issue specifically for physicians or are medical student perspectives welcome as well?

  4. TULA says:

    I had a wonderful doctor as a primary M.D. He left and they put my off for a year. I ended up with a sub medical doctor and left his office crying with the same group. God help me I am so sick. My doctor is back after doing his duty. I wish to return to my original physician. They do not know. In a hundred mile are we have three hospitals unless you are military. I am 70, not a doctor shopper and a retired from education because of duty injuries. What can I do? I feel I am a burden and words cut.Hit by a truck, broke my back and jaw. Now cancer and thyroid fog. We are not rich what shall I do next?

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