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Self-Care in the Caring Professions

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Many of the professions with the highest rates of suicide are those in the rhealm of caring for others (police officers, firefighters, veterinarians, dentists, doctors, researchers, military personnel).

  • How can we destigmatize help-seeking for these helping professionals?
  • What self-care do you incorporate in your life to guard against self harm?
  • How can our professional associations/other teach and encourage personal lifestyle balance and health?
Suicide
Self care
Helping Others
Altruism
Beth McNamara, MSW
34 months ago

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DOCTOR SUICIDE

Although no reliable statistics yet exist, anecdotal reports suggest a marked rise in physician suicide in recent years. From the reports I am receiving it is a lot more than the oft cited “medical school class” of 400 per year.

This necessitates an evaluation of predisposing risk factors such as substance abuse and depression, but also requires a critical examination of what external forces may be involved. For example:

What acute and cumulative situational and psychosocial factors are involved in the descent from suicidal ideation to planning to completion? 

What makes suicide a potential option for doctors and what acute events precipitate and trigger the final act?\

Thank you

Dr. David E. M
21 months ago

Have some input?