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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Spotlight on Physician Suicide Awareness and Prevention

We continue our monthlong discussion on suicide prevention and awareness this week with Amanda Kingston, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry fellowship training director, University of Missouri–Columbia, and Charles Balch, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, department of surgical oncology research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

Drs. Kingston and Balch join Wendy R. Greene, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, department of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, for a moderated discussion sharing their knowledge and expertise in researching physician suicide and surgeon suicide. The discussion focuses on physician suicide awareness and prevention and how to shift the culture to destigmatizing mental health and seeking help.

If you are experiencing feelings and/or thoughts of suicide or believe someone you know is, remember—you are not alone. Please use the following resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 1-800-273-8255

Physician Support Line
Call toll free from U.S. and Puerto Rico: 1-888-409-0141
Open seven days a week | 8:00 am–1:00 am ET

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.