We Must Do Something About Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide

In the past four months, the Twin Cities physician community has lost several of our own to suicide. Tragically, we are not alone—about 300-400 physicians in the U.S. die each year from suicide, with physicians facing a suicide risk nearly 2-3 times higher than the general population.

Now more than ever, it’s critical for health care clinics/hospitals/systems, payers, physicians and more to come together to address burnout and the increase in physician suicide. Not only do we need to normalize physicians seeking help for mental health concerns and remove stigma and punishments, but we also need to recognize that our healers are human too and they need support like everyone else.

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Gun Violence Prevention

Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Gun Violence Prevention Working Group members Emily Benzie, MD, and Pat Fontaine, MD, MS, share ways family physicians can take action to decrease gun violence through patient education and legislative advocacy.

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