The Arnold P. Gold Foundation understands the importance of using humanism to navigate polarized issues in healthcare. With clinician burnout on the rise affecting more than half of U.S. doctors, we recognize that in order for healthcare professionals to humanely care for others they also need the resources to promote their well-being.
Declining satisfaction with the healthcare profession, high rates of depression, and an increased risk for suicide are some of the challenges facing many physicians today, from medical training through their careers. These challenges are associated with suboptimal patient care, lower patient satisfaction, decreased access to care, and increased healthcare costs.
We dedicate September to Suicide Prevention Month – a time to raise awareness and discuss this stigmatized topic. We call on our community to change the conversation from suicide-to-suicide prevention and to use this month to spread hope and healing to people affected by suicide. Our hope is to provide individuals with the resources needed to discuss this topic and seek help.
If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call 988 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or use the Lifeline Crisis Chat. The 988 Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the US.
Addiction Resource Hotline: This is a list of addiction and suicide crisis hotlines that have been medically reviewed. They are free, confidential, and available 365 days a week, 24 hours a day.