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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month & National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

In the month of September, the State Medical Board of Ohio observes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the many burdens medical professionals carry daily.

This Saturday, September 17, is also National Physician Suicide Awareness Day and draws attention to the need for physician support and access to wellness resources. To learn more visit

Sadly, physicians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession, and the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an even greater toll on physician mental health. It is crucial physicians and other medical professionals are made aware of the resources available to address their mental health concerns, increasing stress, and signs of burnout in order to seek immediate help when needed.

The Medical Board has created a Provider Wellness page to share resources available for providers in need. Among these resources we’ve included:

Additionally, providers can dial 988 to text or chat trained counselors on the newly designated Suicide & Crisis Lifeline any time of day or night.  

Click here to watch a message from current board member, Michael Schottenstein, MD.

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