Tools are available to remove barriers to mental health care for physicians

In a number of forums, asking physicians about prior mental health conditions or treatment create barriers to seeking help when they need it.

National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 4-10 and National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is Sept. 17, 2022. New survey findings show physician burnout in the workplace is a continuing problem that is not getting better. It also may be a contributor to feelings of depression and suicide. The Physicians Foundation, the Dr. Lorna Breen Foundation and the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative are calling on health organizations to implement solutions that physicians deserve to support their mental health. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.