Year: 2018 Source: BJPsych Bulletin.(2018).doi:10.1192/bjb.2018.11 SIEC No: 20180296

his article focuses on doctors and suicide. It provides real examples to illustrate why
doctors die by their own hand. These reasons are replicated in the general
population, but also include a host of additional risk factors related to being a doctor.
In each case, information about the doctor is in the public domain or, as in one case,
consent from the next of kin has been obtained for a detail not in the public domain.
The author is a doctors’ doctor, heading up a confidential health service for doctors
with mental illness or addiction, the National Health Service Practitioner Health
Programme. Mortality data from the programme (January 2008–January 2017) will
also be included. For the sake of confidentiality, data is collated and details regarding
age and gender have been approximated.