Massachusetts Medical Society: Physician Suicide Awareness

Physician Suicide Awareness

Physician Suicide Prevention

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (#NPSADay), taking place on September 17, 2023, is a call to action to prevent physician suicide.

The rising rates of physician burnout, depression, and suicide have reached alarming trends that deserve public attention. Male doctors have suicide rates as much as 40% higher than the general population, and female doctors up to 130% higher.

Together we can work to prevent physician suicide. Here are resources and articles to help you get started.

Suicide Prevention Organizations



  1. A Tragedy of the Profession: Medscape Physician Suicide Report 2022
  2. Physician, Heal Thy Double Stigma — Doctors with Mental Illness and Structural Barriers to Disclosure (2021, NEJM)
  3. Suicidal Ideation and Attitudes Regarding Help Seeking in US Physicians Relative to the US Working Population (2021, Mayo Clinic)
  4. The Pandemic's Psychological Toll: An Emergency Physicians Suicide (2020, JAMA- Psychiatry)
  5. 2021 Survey America’s Physicians COVID Impact – A Year Later Edition (The Physicians Foundation)



  • Learn more about the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

This legislation will add support to the mental health infrastructure for physicians by establishing grants for evidence-based strategies to reduce burnout and mental health conditions from job stress and for employee education and support.

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