Share Suicide Prevention Resources
Use this curated list of resources to connect physicians, colleagues or loved ones in a mental health crisis to the help they need.
Resources for Immediate Support
- Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists to provide peer support for physician colleagues and American medical students. Call 1-888-409-0141. It’s open 8am to 1am every day, no appointment necessary.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness Crisis Text Line offers free 24/7 mental health support. Text “SCRUBS” to 741741 for help.
Resources for Ongoing Support
- Therapy Aid Coalition provides free therapy for physicians and health care professionals, including individual and group support.
- The Emotional PPE Project connects physicians with licensed mental health professionals who can help. This service is free and does not require insurance.
- Each state also has its own Physician Health Program. To find your state’s, visit Federation of State Physician Health Programs.
- PeerRxMed is a free peer-to-peer program for physicians and other health care professionals that offers support, connection, encouragement, resources and skill building for optimal well-being.
Resources for Health Care Leaders and Medical Educators
- Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a 5-hour interactive online course that helps participants learn the core actions of PFA and describes ways to apply them in different post-disaster scenarios and with different survivor needs. This course also covers health care practitioner well-being before, during, and after disasters.
- Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ISCI) Playbook: Supporting the Mental Health of Healthcare Workers is a playbook for healthcare leaders that presents key themes and suggestions based on research on healthcare worker wellbeing. It includes a new framework for thinking about workforce well-being from a systems perspective, examples of specific efforts and prompts to help healthcare leaders apply information to their organizations.
- American Medical Association (AMA) Steps Forward: Preventing physician Suicide: Identify and support at-risk physicians is a learning module from the AMA which includes a toolkit and quiz about identifying risk factors and warning signs for suicide, applying standardized processes for physicians seeking support and creating an environment of support and wellness within an organization. It offers 0.5 CME credits.
Membership Programs for Workforce Wellbeing
- Practice Transformation is a framework from the American Medical Association that provides guidance to health system leaders on how to create the conditions where joy, purpose and meaning are possible for physicians.
- Interactive Screening Program is an online intervention program from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that medical schools, hospitals and health systems can sign up to implement as part of their ongoing mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts.
- Schwartz Rounds offers healthcare professionals a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families.
- Stress First Aid provides a framework for psychological peer support, with a set of supportive actions designed to promote self-care and coworker support with the aim of mitigating the negative impacts of stress at work before they impair staff health and well-being.