After the death of a physician from suicide, the organization’s response should be the same as if the death occurred from a car accident or cancer. This approach minimizes stigma and reduces the risk of suicide contagion.
If family members approve of a memorial service or remembrance event, coordinate with them to ensure the event matches the religious beliefs and values of the physician who died. Offer support and mental health resources over several communications with team members.
- Checklist: After a Physician Suicide (PDF)
- Podcast: Tackling Physician Burnout One Story at a Time
- Webinar: Stress First Aid for Health Care Professional