988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
This lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. This lifeline can also provide prevention and crisis resources for individuals or loved ones. Call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.
Crisis Text Line
Text TALK to 741-741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line, for free, 24/7.
Physician Support Line
This is a highly valuable resource where physicians support physicians. On the other end of the line are volunteer psychiatrists from diverse backgrounds. This is a national, free and confidential service. No appointments are necessary. They are open from Monday to Friday 8 AM – 12 AM.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
This website has multiple resources that range from events and gatherings to real stores, and ways to get help immediately. There is information about joining local chapters and connecting with other people as well.
Given the critical nature of the subject, we wanted to list the resources primarily up front. It is well documented that the rates of resident physician suicide are higher when compared to the general population. According to studies, the suicide rate for male resident physicians is estimated to be 1.41 times higher than the general population. For female resident physicians, the rate is 2.27 times higher than the general population. The high-stress work environmental, long work hours, and exposure to trauma and loss in the medical field are some of the factors that contribute to the higher rates of suicide among resident physicians.
In one study, 23% of interns had suicidal thoughts.
These findings emphasize the importance of addressing the well being of resident physicians, yet it often takes a back seat. Please use the resources listed above if you, a loved one, or fellow resident is needs immediate support. For non-crisis support, consider the below option.
Emotional PPE Project
The Emotional PPE Project connects healthcare workers in need to licensed mental health professionals, free of charge. No insurance needed, always confidential.