Since we couldn’t post recently, we’ll post one longer post now.
Weekly Roundup: Physician Suicide (in order of publication)
Dr. Pamela Wible
Our apologies for the low quality video.
Here’s another helpful video by Dr. Wible:
Tools / Tips
What to do when your coworker tells you that they are suicidal:
- If the situation is serious, call 911 (or the emergency number in your country). If you aren’t comfortable with that, or at least the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: tel:1-800-273-8255: More information here: http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/role-co-workers-preventing-suicide-sprc-customized-information-series
- Do some research. Here are some examples:
- http://ask.hrsa.gov/pc/, http://www.dbsalliance.or/site/PageServer?pagename=home
3. Check in with the person, and invite them to have a conversation. Make some excuse to engage them.
4. Don’t ignore signs of trouble and assume HR will intervene. Research whether your workplace has an employee assistance program. Some people with depression feel too emotionally exhausted to take these kinds of steps to help themselves, so just doing this can help them immensely.
5. A goal oriented approach often helps more than a problem-based approach, when helping people overcome depression.
6. Call your Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) phone number for advice.
These are only a few ways to help. We recommend that you research other ways to help and seek expert guidance as needed.