Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide

Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide

Male physicians have a 70% higher suicide rate than males in other professions; female physicians die by suicide at a 400% higher rate than females in other professions.

This educational tool addresses depression and suicide among physicians. Physicians frequently fail to recognize their own depression and that or their colleagues.

Even when they do recognize that they are depressed, many physicians avoid treatment. One tragic result is suicide.

Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide is a 17-minute film featuring interviews with doctors who speak candidly about their battles with depression, and medical experts who discuss the factors that frequently prevent physicians from seeking help. Also featured are families that have been touched by a physician’s suicide.

Out of the Silence: Medical Student Depression and Suicide is a 15-minute film sharing the true story of a medical student’s journey through the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a mood disorder. Also addressed is the school’s effort to combat suicide among the nation’s next generation of physicians.

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This [program] explores the subject of physician depression and suicide in a sensitive and informative manner, and encourages help-seeking behavior among physicians. —Dr. David Satcher, Director, Satcher Health and Leadership Institute; former U.S. Surgeon General

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The program includes a printable resource guide and slide set for both films.

View Excerpts

Watch three video clips are from Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide, the one-hour documentary featured on public television stations nationwide.

Community Resources

Printable resource guides and slide sets for both films, Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide, and Out of the Silence: Medical Student Depression and Suicide.

Press Kit

Download the program press release and a fact sheet about physician depression and suicide. Graphics and photographs are available on request. AFSP can provide content experts for interviews about physician depression and suicide.

Order the DVDs

Order the Struggling in Silence or Out of the Silence DVDs.