Category: Physician Suicide

Keynote: Physician Suicide—Prevention & Intervention →

Luncheon keynote (Beware: loud forks & knives banging on plates during first few minutes). Download MP3 or listen online here. Full transcript mildly edited for clarity below.  Dr. Virginia Hall: I want to welcome you to this afternoon’s session.

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Susan lost her doctor to suicide. She wants to know why. →

Susan Kreischer is one in a million. One of a million Americans to lose their doctor to suicide—each year. She is still devastated years later. “I had awful back pain—was barely walking when I met Dr. Ortiz and right away

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How my patients prevented my suicide (& started a medical revolution) →

Today is the anniversary of my suicide survival story—a happy ending to six weeks of unrelenting thoughts of dying when forced to see patients every ten minutes in big-box assembly-line clinics. My lifelong dream of being a trusted, loving family

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Not “burnout,” not moral injury—human rights violations →

Burnout is a slang word for end-stage drug addiction first used on the streets of inner city America in the early 1970s. During that time, psychologist Herbert Freudenberger volunteered at a New York City free clinic treating addiction. He overheard

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Healing our healers—honoring Florida physicians we lost to suicide →

 A Florida community heals by celebrating the lives of 3 doctor suicide victims. Friends, family, & colleagues unite to share their love—and prevent future suicides. Listen in above to keynote and lively panel discussion. Full transcript and slides below.

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Doctors fear PHPs—why physicians won’t ask for help →

Doctors fear controversial program made to help them Reposted from NBC affiliate KSDK in St Louis, Missouri. Author: Investigative Reporter: PJ Randhawa, Erin Richey   Many say a controversial program designed to help doctors with mental health issues is out

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Dr. Wible responds to suicide critics →

My request: Since 2012 I’ve dedicated my life to the doctor suicide crisis. Yet not everyone is in favor of what I’m doing. Some feel I’m unethical, insensitive, greedy—even a “nutcase.” I’ll now formally respond. I don’t need your compliments.

Abused foreign doctors enrich US hospitals, harm Americans →

Physician reveals how US exploits J-1 visa doctors for cheap labor—resulting in doctor suicides, medical mistakes, and patient deaths. Dr. Corina Fratila: In this completely foreign country, I came in pursuing a dream—and you’re let loose in a very high

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Dr. Wible interview on physician suicide, PTSD, our hidden wounds →

Pamela Wible, MD, on Redefining Medicine. View interview above or download/listen to MP3 here (plus full transcript below).  Known in the medical community as “Physicians’ Guardian Angel,” Dr. Wible has become America’s leading voice for ideal medical care through

How healthcare makes doctors mentally ill →

My friend, Dr. Zeshan Qureshi, just delivered this TEDx talk in New Zealand. Dr. Qureshi is a paediatrician in the UK with a lifesaving message for us all: Our healthcare systems are making doctors mentally ill I am a children’s

How a 14-year-old girl handles her physician father’s suicide—and what we can learn from her words. →

Meet René. She gave me a letter to read to physicians when I spoke last week at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. (Listen to keynote here). Here’s what I shared from this courageous woman with a wise message for us all.

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Oklahoma doctor suicides—13 reasons why →

Dedicated to the lives of Oklahoma physicians we have lost to suicide  On January 11, 2019, I delivered this talk to the medical students at Oklahoma State University Health Sciences to a surprise standing ovation and again the following day

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Love letters prevent suicides →

Could a few sentences on an index card save a life? Yes. A once-suicidal teenager saved eight lives by attaching these love notes to a bridge. Could a loving note save a suicidal veteran with PTSD? Yep. Sending caring letters

1103 doctor suicides & 13 reasons why →

 (Listen in above to a rerecorded keynote—due to a fire alarm during event—or read transcript of Dr. Wible’s presentation below) Michael Phillips MD: Good morning everybody. I want to introduce the lectureship and remind everybody who Gil was. Gil

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Eulogy to 10,000 Doctors →

 During Suicide Awareness Week, I hosted a free two-day retreat in NYC (in collaboration with Emmy-winner Robyn Symon’s preview of her award-winning film, Do No Harm—sold out both nights at Angelika Film Center’s largest theater). Nearly 500 physicians (from

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