Physician Suicide Prevention: Listening to the Voices of Experience

About the virtual session
There is rising national attention concerning physician suicide. Much of the dialogue is centered on barriers to care for physicians as well as the overall level of stress from COVID-19 superimposed on already high rates of burnout and moral injury. This program is designed to share resources and support and recognize the importance of our ability to be there for each other.

A call to action to inspire and educate!

This is a complimentary 2 hour education program brought to you by the FSPHP, in collaboration with AFSP. 

About the Speakers

Target Audience
This activity was designed for leaders of national associations and Physician Health Programs impacted by physician suicide, health care practitioners, counselors, therapists, members and staff of medical and osteopathic boards, as well as individuals interested in medical licensing, regulation and discipline.    

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Reinforce knowledge of risk factors unique to physician suicide and evidence-informed prevention strategies
  • Discuss the role of Physician Health Programs (PHP) and the impact of a physician suicide at a PHP, the options for support, and the benefits of access to therapy and peer groups via telehealth
  • Recognize what PHPs are doing to mitigate risk of suicide among their participants and in their communities as well as postvention support for staff
  • Raise awareness of joint efforts and resources from the leaders in the field at national associations to empower healthcare leaders, workers, and workplaces to create cultures of safety and help seeking among health professionals
  • Demonstrate how to screen and have a conversation with someone at risk, and create comfort and decrease the bystander effect