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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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians wants to arm family docs across Minnesota with the tools and resources to reach out to legislators, the media and your communities about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting primary care. See sample talking points, story/messaging tips and additional resources to help you advocate for the proper financial infrastructure and support for our front line healthcare workers and clinics.
Read More Advocating for Primary Care During COVID-19 & Beyond
The need for robust primary care has never been greater, and the consequences of the way primary care is under-valued and poorly reimbursed are on full display. We urge health systems and payers to take the steps necessary to preserve, build and advocate for a strong primary care infrastructure, especially now.
Read More Support for Primary Care More Important Than Ever