Predictors of suicide risk and mental health outcomes among Hong Kong veterinarians: A cross-sectional study

The professional quality of life (ProQOL) in the veterinary profession has gained increasing attention, yet little is known about its association with the mental health status of Hong Kong veterinarians. This study aimed to examine the impact of elements that make up ProQOL on the risk of suicide, depression, and anxiety among Hong Kong veterinarians. […]

Evidence-based vs informal suicide training: Nurse confidence and comfort with suicidal patient care

Introduction Emergency nurses are on the front line of patient care for suicidal persons, yet many nurses report feeling unprepared to effectively manage suicidal patients owing to a lack of suicide-specific training. The purpose of this study was to examine the suicide-specific training experiences of emergency nurses and evaluate how training relates to burnout, confidence, and comfort […]

Mental wellbeing and resilience in suicide prevention crisis line volunteers

Crisis line volunteers are critical to nationwide suicide prevention efforts as they provide free support services to those experiencing emotional distress or suicidality. Most crisis lines rely on volunteers for call-taking, however, the experiences of these volunteers and the impact of call-taking on their mental wellbeing remains understudied. The current study aimed to explore mental […]

Association of physician burnout with suicidal ideation and medical errors

Objective  To assess the association between burnout and suicidal ideation after adjusting for depression and the association of burnout and depression with self-reported medical errors. Design, Setting, and Participants  This cross-sectional study was conducted from November 12, 2018, to February 15, 2019. Attending and postgraduate trainee physicians randomly sampled from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile were […]

An ontological, anthropological, and psychoanalytic perspective on physician burnout

Post-industrialization, societies have evolved with profound changes in ways of life. However, it was not until just recently that the overall impact of its deleterious and pernicious effects has been widely recognized, studied, and accepted.  In the last few years, increased rates of stress and burnout (BO) not only affect clinicians, personally, but health care […]

Stressed, lonely, and overcommitted: Predictors of lawyer suicide risk

Suicide is a significant public health concern, and lawyers have been shown to have an elevated risk for contemplating it. In this study, we sought to identify predictors of suicidal ideation in a sample consisting of 1962 randomly selected lawyers. Using logistic regression analysis, we found that high levels of work overcommitment, high levels of […]

Mental health and substance use of farmers in Canada during COVID-19

Farmers in Canada faced higher levels of mental distress than the general public prior to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and are generally less likely than the public to seek help. However, the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on farmers in Canada remain unexplored. Our objective was to investigate mental health outcomes among farmers […]

The attitudes of emergency service workers towards attempted suicide cases and its relation to burnout and job satisfaction

Emergency healthcare is the first sight of intervention for suicide attempts. Therefore, the attitudes of emergency health personnel towards suicidal tendencies are of great importance. The aims of this study are; to determine the attitudes and behaviors of emergency service workers towards attempted suicide cases, which are frequently encountered in emergency services, and to determine […]

Working hours, side work, and depressive symptoms in physicians: A nationwide cross-sectional study in Japan

Objectives Long working hours in Japan is a social concern. This is also true for the working hours of physicians, who often do side work in addition to working at their main hospital. New physician work regulations to be implemented in Japan require work-hour management, including side work. This study examined the association between physicians’ […]

Rising health problem of Türkiye, healthcare professionals’ suicides in media

It is known that the risk of suicide increases in professionals who are frequently exposed to intensive and stressful working conditions. Health professionals may be susceptible to depression and suicide due to occupational stressors besides risk factors such as violence against healthcare professionals, mobbing and burnout. However, it is noteworthy that there is no institutional […]

Working with providers and health systems experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout (IN: Medical Family Therapy, edited by J. Hodgson, A. Lamson, T. Mendenhall, T., & D. Crane.

Caring for families who have experienced trauma, loss, or chronic conditions can have lasting effects on providers, especially when faced with complex situations for extended periods of time. Training programs often do not prepare providers to avoid common challenges such as burnout (BRN) and compassion fatigue (CF). In this chapter, the authors provide operational definitions […]

Corona exhaustion (CORONEX): COVID-19-induced exhaustion grinding down humanity

The constant presence and reminder of COVID-19, as well as persistent measures to control, test, measure or otherwise monitor this pandemic are taking an eroding psychological toll on the global population, even as select populations begin to receive a vaccine. This daily “presence” is exhausting humanity in ways akin to times of war or extreme […]

Depression and anxiety predict healthcare workers’ understanding of and willingness to help suicide attempt patients

We examined whether burnout, depression, anxiety, stress, lifetime suicidal ideation, self-efficacy in preventing suicide and demographic factors predicted the understanding of and willingness to help suicidal patients among hospital healthcare workers. A total of 368 healthcare workers from the major surgical and medical departments in a general hospital setting were recruited. Participants responded to the […]

Responding to a tragedy: Evaluation of a postvention protocol among adult psychiatry residents

Objective In a time of “zero suicide” initiatives and rising suicide rates, resident physicians are particularly susceptible to the psychological and professional ramifications of patient suicide. An adult psychiatry residency program developed and implemented a postvention protocol to address the impact of patient suicide among resident physicians. The current study is a formal evaluation of […]

Physician death by suicide in the United States: 2012-2016

Reports of incidence of physician suicide in the United States (US) are outdated. The aims of this research were to assess incidence, methods, and associated risk factors of physicians compared to non-physicians in the general US population. Retrospective suicide data (victim age 25 and over) from the 2012-2016 National Violent Death Reporting System were analyzed […]

Initial validation of the suicide competency assessment form among behavioral health staff in the National Health Services Trust

The Suicide Competency Assessment Form (SCAF) provides a framework for suicide prevention skills training. This study assessed SCAF psychometric properties in a sample of behavioral health staff. A cross-sectional survey of National Health Services (NHS) staff from varying disciplines (N = 170) was conducted. The SCAF yielded a 1-factor structure with high internal consistency. Nursing […]

Physician suicide: A scoping literature to highlight opportunities for prevention.

Physician suicide is concerning for the medical community and general public and remains poorly understood. Several medical organizations have begun launching various initiatives to address physician well-being; yet, efforts to address physician suicide remain specific to the organization or institution. To identify important knowledge and implementation gaps toward physician suicide prevention, this scoping literature review […]

Burnout, drop out, suicide: Physician loss in emergency medicine, part 1

Each year more than 400 physicians take their lives, likely related to increasing depression and burnout. Burnout—a psychological syndrome featuring emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment—is a disturbingly and increasingly prevalent phenomenon in healthcare, and emergency medicine (EM) in particular. As self-care based solutions have proven unsuccessful, more system-based causes, beyond […]

Burnout and isolation among flight attendants: A test of the job demands-resources model.

Flight attendants are typically characterized as being engaged in ‘emotional labour,’ which is defined as the effort, planning, and control needed to express organizationally desired emotions during interpersonal transactions. Emotional labour is always stressful and may result in negative job outcomes or health problems. Therefore, drawing on the main propositions of the JD-R model, together […]

Investigating the antecedents and consequences of burnout and isolation among flight attendants.

Flight attendants, typically characterized as being engaged in ‘emotional labour’, often experience stress when performing their work, and this may result in negative job outcomes and health problems. Based on the job demands–resources (JD–R) model, this study empirically investigates the relationships among job demands, job resources, burnout, colleague isolation, health problems and job performance for […]

Self-care as a professional imperative: Physician burnout, depression, and suicide.