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National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
Shine a Light. Speak its name.
September 17, 2019

In order to address the issue of physician suicide, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), in collaboration with AAEM, ACEP, ACOEP, EMRA, RSA, RSO and SAEM have come together to annually dedicate Septmebr 17th as National Physician Suicide Awareness (NPSA) Day.

Vision Zero

Physician suicide is a tremendous issue in healthcare today.  While estimates of the actual number of physician suicides vary, literature has shown that the relative risk for suicide being 2.27 times greater among women and 1.41 times higher among men versus the general population. Each physician suicide is a devastating loss affecting everyone - family, friends, colleagues and up to 1 million patients per year.  It is both a very personal loss and a public health crisis.  Vision Zero calls on individuals, residency programs, health care organizations and national groups to make a commitment to break down stigma, increase, open the conversation, decrease the fear of consequences, reach out to colleagues, recognize warning signs and learn to approach our colleagues who may be at risk.  Let us challenge each other as individual, community, institutional and organizational to make changes to reach zero physician suicides. 

Suicide can be prevented.  Be the one to be there. 
Shed light on this issue and change the culture of medicine to save lives.

NPSA lapel pins will available for purchase in late August. Proceeds of sales will be donated to foundations who support this initiative.

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Thank you to #NPSADay Supporting Organizations:
Supporting organization only agree to creating awareness regarding physician suicide on this day at their discretion. There is no financial commitment or additional new relationship among any of the supporting organizations.

AAEM Logo        RSA Logo     AAEM LA Logo         

Suicidology Logo            AMSA logo

ACEP Logo                   APPD Logo

ACOEP Logo             ACOEP RSO Logo      AFSP Logo     AADPRT Logo        


          EMRA Logo    

FCEP Logo     FeminEM logo  

FLAAEM Logo            

HBI Logo                     


       NH ACEP Logo        NYAAEM     


NYACEP       NHS Logo     



         Norman Regional    PA ACEP         QPR

RI Dpt Health Logo                   Suicide Prevention Hotline      

     TX AAEM             Take 5 

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