It’s hard, but we need to discuss doctor suicide

A group of doctors in a small NSW town is a shining example of how the profession can come together

As a psychiatrist involved in the mental health of doctors for more than 15 years, I have seen people come to the fore who have ideas and genuinely want to change our predicament, only to fade away, with the suicides continuing.

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These deaths are spoken about on the grapevine, people mutter about the tragedy, but nothing changes.

I have also attended and chaired numerous ‘chat fests’ where the audience left feeling more hopeless about the mental illness that pervades our profession than when they arrived.