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Vital Signs

In recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, The Physicians Foundation announced the launch of Vital Signs, a campaign to help raise greater awareness about the physician suicide epidemic and to provide physicians the tools to attend to their own wellbeing. Vital Signs is designed to empower physicians, their colleagues and loved ones, to check in on one another’s well-being. Ultimately, this will help destigmatize the negativity around physicians seeking help for their mental health. The campaign uses an educational webpage to help understand the warning signs to look for in someone who may be suicidal. In addition, Vital Signs provides a guide to help start a conversation with a physician about whom a colleague may be concerned. The Vital Signs campaign is part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to protect physician wellbeing, including addressing burnout, which can have devastating effects on the access, quality and cost of our country’s health care. It’s estimated that one million Americans lose their physician to suicide each year. LEARN MORE

 

Equipping physicians to manage burnout

More than half of U.S. physicians experience burnout. The AMA is committed to identifying solutions that increase joy in medicine. LEARN MORE

 

Healthcare Professionals Foundation of Louisiana

As you know, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, medical psychologists, dentists, and dental hygienists (healthcare professionals) often find themselves caring for others continuously. However, these health care professionals also need assistance at times, and we want you to know that it is ok to ask for help. It is the primary role of the Healthcare Professionals' Foundation of Louisiana (HPFL) Professionals' Health Program (PHP) to offer assistance to health care professionals who may be suffering from difficulties such as substance use issues, depression, anxiety, etc., in addition to a host of physical ailments and disruptive behavior patterns. The HPFL PHP supports healthcare professionals who are in our program and advocates for them with hospitals, health plan networks, malpractice insurance carriers, and licensure boards. LEARN MORE