Promoting Suicide Awareness
February 19, 2020
The FSU College of Medicine Wellness Committee coordinated with all 6 regional campuses to present a special screening of the movie Do No Harm. It is a documentary exposing the epidemic of physician suicide and burnout from the perspectives of medical students, physicians, and families of those touched by suicide. According to the CDC in 2017, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. With one completed suicide every day, US physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession. In addition, the number of physician suicides is more than twice that of the general population, new research shows. The data regarding medical students demonstrates the epidemic is far reaching and though less robust, there is growing evidence as to the impact on physician assistants and other health professionals. Do No Harm exposes the silent epidemic and impact of the health care system on those entering the practice of medicine, their families, and patients. The 1-hour screening was sponsored by Coral Shores Behavioral Health and attended by FSU medical and PA students, faculty, staff and Indian River State College faculty and students. It was followed by a debrief facilitated by Dr. Juliette Lomax-Homier and Dr. Nabil Karroum, Medical Director of Adolescents at Coral Shores Behavioral Health.