Medicine’s Culture of Silence

A culture of silence enveloping mental health and physicians discourages many from seeking care, even though the high-stakes field often leads to burnout and depression.

An estimated 400 physicians take their lives every year in the US alone.

To break the silence, several doctors shared their experiences, brought to the surface by reading the suicide letter of a medical student named Kaitlyn, who committed suicide in 2013.

Kaitlyn’s apology for hiding her sadness stirred painful memories for Sandeep Kishore of the stress of medical training: “I felt like a duck whose head appears calm and free at the surface, but who is paddling furiously underneath.”

National Academy of Medicine

Thanks very much for the tip, Jordan Jarvis.

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