Joining Forces to Support Clinician Mental Health

June 04, 2020 8:14 AM | Sally Winkelman

ACEP and other leading medical associations released a joint statement outlining steps to support the mental health of EM physicians and other clinicians during this pandemic. 

Developed by ACEP and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, the joint statement was signed by more than 40 groups. It emphasizes that a clinician's history of mental illness or SUD treatment shouldn't be used as an indicator of their current/future ability to competently practice medicine. 

"A physician's choice to address his or her mental health should be encouraged, not penalized," said ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP.