Physician suicide is no easy topic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t talk about it. Dr. Pam Wible has examined over 2,000 physician suicide cases and collected data that is more than just statistics. In this episode, Dr. Archana Shrestha interviews Dr. Wible about her observations over the years and what each of us can do to break the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues. 

Dr Pamela Wible was a Women in White Coats 2022 Hero of the Year nominee. In between treating her own patients and helping doctors launch community clinics, Dr. Wible devotes herself to medical student and physician suicide prevention. Her extensive database and suicide registry reveals highest- risk specialties—and solutions. Dr. Wible runs a free doctor suicide hotline and has helped countless medical students and physicians heal from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts so they can enjoy practicing medicine again. 

Key Takeaways

[02:30] How Dr. Wible got into the subject of physician suicide

[06:50] The type of data she has collected over the years 

[13:50] Why physicians don’t ask for help

[24:32] Dr Wible’s advice for those feeling unsupported in their environment 

[29:48] How doctors can create more ideal practice settings

[40:22] Dr. Wible’s simple suggestion for a daily mental health check-in. 

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