If you feel you are in a crisis for any reason, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Online communities allow physicians to share concerns and insights. BlogDr. Burnout is about reigniting with passion and purpose, a metamorphosis of the mind, body, emotions and spirit.

LearnBegin by completing Beck’s Depression Inventory to assess whether you are depressed and if so, to what degree.

Article A 2015 AMA meta-analysis estimated 28.8 percent of resident physicians experienced depression or depressive symptoms.

Article A 2016 AMA meta-analysis found 27 percent of medical students experienced depression or depressive symptoms, 11 percent reported suicidal ideation during medical school, and only about 16 percent of students who screened positive for depression reportedly sought treatment.

Article The co-principal author of the 2016 meta-analysis discussed above talks about the findings and their importance.

First-person perspectives
Article Adam Hill MD, a palliative care physician at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, talks about his own suicidal thoughts and recovery and the importance of destigmatizing physicians’ mental health issues.

BlogA doctor revived after attempting suicide begins his account, “I’ve never been so happy to fail at something in my life.”  

ArticleA physician recognizes that her mentee is despondent and handles it in a way that persuades the younger physician not to take her own life.

Tools to help yourself and others LearnThe AMA’s Steps Forward module “Preventing Physician Distress and Suicide” discusses how to identify physicians at risk for suicide and refer them to appropriate care.

ArticleLearn how to use the AMA’s Steps Forward module “Preventing Physician Distress and Suicide.”

LearnThe American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website “Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide Prevention” includes facts and many links to prevention programs and resources, including the downloadable “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Physician Residency/Fellowship Programs.”

TedTalksThis four-minute video from the Mayo Foundation and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises medical students, residents, and fellows on how to support one another, express concern to peers and encourage help-seeking behavior.