Physician Suicide: A Call to Action

Mo Med. May-Jun 2019;116(3):211-216.


Physician suicide is topic of growing professional and public health concern. Despite working to improve the health of others, physicians often sacrifice their own well-being to do so. Furthermore, there are systemic barriers in place that discourage self-care and help-seeking behaviors among physicians. This article will discuss the relevant epidemiology, risk factors, and barriers to treatment, then explore solutions to address this alarming trend.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Suicide / psychology*