American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

May 20, 2016
4 min watch

VIDEO: Preventing suicide in physicians, residents and medical students

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ATLANTA — Christine Moutier, MD, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, discusses the importance of suicide prevention for physicians, residents and medical students.

“Physicians, residents and medical students have higher rates of distress of all different sorts, including depressive symptoms and even suicide risk. We know that is a very well-established and consistent finding, especially women physicians have between two and four times the rate of suicide compared with their non-physician peers in the general population,” Moutier told

Moutier encourages clinicians to reach out to their family members, peers and loved ones if they are feeling distressed and to approach peers if they observe signs of distress.

She also discusses the improving role of medical boards.