Doctor Suicide – Simple Facts

Majid Ali, M.D.

The fact is that each year we lose over 400 doctors to suicide—that’s like an entire medical school gone. I lost both men I dated in med school to suicide. In my town, in just over a year, we lost three doctors to suicide. One doc in town lost seven colleagues to suicide! In what other profession can you lose seven colleagues to suicide?!

This year over 1 million Americans will lose their doctors to suicide. Why? To know why someone has died, we perform an autopsy. With suicides, we perform a psychological autopsy:

Where might the problem start? Here is a clue: Suicide is the most common cause of death among medical students except accidents.

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