At its core, National Physician Suicide Awareness Day remains a day for remembrance of colleagues and friends who have died by suicide and the pursuit of continued awareness and discussion on how to prevent it.
This year, September 17, 2019 marks the 2nd annual National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. The Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) is planning to highlight and share stories of hope and recovery.
Tips for making this day locally impactful:
- Encourage your physicians to share a few words of reflection on physician suicide at team huddles
- Host discussions (on-shift or in conference) with colleagues & trainees about burnout-depression-suicide
- Provide information on access to mental health care
Use your voice to raise the issues related to physician suicide and well being through social media or webpage posts, participate in online social media discussions, and highlight how your organization is acting to prevent suicide. Consider purchasing pins or pens for yourself and or your team to not only support this initiative, but also the CORD Cares Foundation.
Learn more by visiting the National Physician Suicide Awareness (NPSA) webpage.