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Suicide Prevention: Make mental health a priority

By Richard Juman, PsyD, TeamHealth National Director of Psychological Services, and Co-chair of the TeamHealth Clinician Resiliency Work Group

While the month of September, National Suicide Prevention Month, comes to a close, the importance of focusing on your mental health continues year-round.

There is a high rate of suicide and increasing rate of burnout among healthcare professionals, and the global pandemic and stress we are experiencing as a nation has intensified the problem.

Please make your well-being a priority. Let’s be open about mental health issues, support each other, utilize available resources and ultimately prevent suicide.

I interviewed John Draper, Ph.D., executive director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to discuss best practices to achieve these goals.


Call 1.800.273.8255. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour, free and confidential support for people in distress. In addition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, offers best practices for clinicians. View the emergency department resource guide here.

Call 1.888.409.0141. The Physician Support Line was founded by a group of psychiatrists to provide free psychiatric support for physicians and medical students.