National Physician Suicide Awareness Day in the USA

In her recent blog Dr Natalie Ashburner, DAUK Editor and Psychiatry Trainee found that “the Office of National Statistics showed that between 2011 and 2015, 430 doctors died by suicide”. Recent GMC training surveys have highlighted doctor burnout and a survey by Medscape in 2018 which collected results from nearly 1,000 UK doctors, found that 22% of doctors from all specialties feel burned out, 4% feel depressed and 10% feel both burned out and depressed. Furthermore, of these, only 1 in 10 said that they had got help or planned to get help.