Doctors in Distress is inspired by the tragic case of a brilliant and compassionate consultant cardiologist who died in November 2018. He worked to the point he burnt out and felt he had only one way out to escape his suffering. He left behind a loving family, colleagues and a lasting memory with the patients he treated. Medics in the UK (and indeed elsewhere) are under enormous pressure & workload and the NHS is widely perceived as a system that is resource constrained. As a result, this charity was created to raise awareness on the value of medical professionals health and well-being and the need to care for those that care for us.
- At current estimates, one doctor dies by suicide at the rate of every three weeks.
- Doctors are 2.0 – 5.0 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population.
- Female doctors in particular have higher rates, 2.5 – 4.0 times increased rate of suicide compared to an age matched group.