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Physician Support Line
1 (888) 409-0141 Open 7 days a week, 8:00AM – 1:00AM ET. Psychiatrists helping US physician colleagues and medical students navigate the many intersections of our personal and professional lives. Free & Confidential. No appointment necessary.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources and best practices for professionals in English and Spanish.Call 1.800.273.8255.
Crisis Text Line
Text TALK to 741-741 Available 24/7
Physician Health Services (PHS) – Mass.
PHS is a non-profit corporation founded by the Massachusetts Medical Society, offering confidential support to physicians, residents, and students in Mass.
Physician Coach Support
Confidential 1:1 Peer Support for Physicians By Physician Certified Life Coach Volunteers. https://physiciancoachsupport.com/
The Provider Lounge – Dr Amy LLC
This is a community of like-minded medical professionals that want to focus on building resilience in their patients and themselves. https://doctoramyllc.com/
Canadian Medical Association Support line
Canada Suicide Prevention Service
(available 24/7) at 1-833-456-4566. For residents of Quebec, call 1 866 APPELLE (1-866-277-3553)
Alberta Medical Association’s Physician and Family Support Program
International: 403-930-0529 (you may call collect)
The Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) provides 24/7 confidential support for Alberta’s physicians, residents and medical students, as well as their immediate family members. Callers to the PFSP assistance line will be offered peer support and help in identifying the best resources for their needs, including the option of referral to a qualified therapist and coverage for therapy hours.
Learn more about the physician health services offered by the Alberta Medical Association.
British Columbia (BC) Physician Health Program
A 24/7 confidential support line linking physicians, residents, medical students and their families to BC’s Physician Health Program. Intake counsellors will help you identify your needs and offer to connect you with a program physician who can provide peer support and help with system navigation.
Learn more about the physician health services offered by Doctors of BC
Doctors Manitoba — Physician and Family Support Program
By phone: 1 – 844-433-DRMB (1−844−433−3762 )
Company ID: DRMBHealth
A confidential 24/7 support line for physicians, residents, medical students and anyone living in their household, to help manage issues at work or at home, including: emotional well-being, relationship advice, parenting, child and eldercare, work/life balance, grief and loss, dealing with stress, legal advice, financial advice, and addiction and recovery.
Learn more about the physician health services offered by Doctors Manitoba
New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) Wellness
Contact Meaghan at 506-875-6749 or email@example.com
NBMS Wellness provides support to physicians and their families, medical residents and medical students who may be coping with the demands of practice, relationships, addiction and other mental health or life challenges. We are here to support physicians and medical learners in protecting their resiliency and finding the joy in medicine and in life. Find out more Opens in a new window.
Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) Physician Care Network
Doctors Nova Scotia Professional Support Program
Doctors Nova Scotia’s Professional Support Program (PSP) provides confidential peer-to-peer support for members and their families who are dealing with personal or professional problems. Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association and Nova Scotia Dental Association members and their families may also access support, as well as dental and veterinary students, and veterinary assistants.
The PSP program responds to the mental health and wellness needs of members Opens in a new window and also supports initiatives, workshops and other resources that promote wellness Opens in a new window, resiliency and balanced living. Based across Nova Scotia, PSP counsellors Opens in a new window have no affiliation with licensing and regulatory bodies or related university training programs of the professions they serve.
Learn more about the physician health services offered by Doctors Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories Medical Association members have access to the Alberta Medical Association’s Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP). This program provides 24/7 confidential support and help with personal health issues.
International: 403-930-0529 (you may call collect)
Learn more about the physician health services offered to Northwest Territories Medical Association members
Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Physician Health Program
The OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) provides confidential support for individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns, substance use, and other challenges and behaviours that have a personal and professional impact. The PHP also offers support and education to physician leaders, hospitals and other worksites, as well as to anyone else who is concerned about a loved one or colleague.
The PHP is comprised of four programs: Intake (treatment connection); Clinical Assessment; Physician Support, Advocacy and Accountability Program (formerly monitoring); and Education and Workshops.
Learn more about the physician health services offered by the Ontario Medical Association
Medical Society of Prince Edward Island (MSPEI)’s Physician Health Program
A 24/7 confidential support line** for MSPEI members. Intake counsellors will help you identify your needs and offer to connect you with a program physician who can provide peer support and help with system navigation.
**Provided to MSPEI members through a contract with the Doctors of BC’s Physician Health Program
Learn more about the physician health services offered to MSPEI members
Québec Physicians’ Health Program (QPHP)
1-800-387-4166 (Rest of Quebec)
The Québec Physicians’ Health Program (QPHP) provides members of the medical community (physicians, residents, medical students) with peer support services at no charge, offering a safe space where you can ask for help and share in full confidence and complete confidentiality.
Learn more about these services
Saskatchewan Physician Health Program
The Saskatchewan Physician Health Program provides support and assistance to medical learners, physicians and their immediate family members throughout the stages of their careers. It offers addiction and mental health assessments, treatment, monitoring, counselling in-house and referral to community resources – including access to a primary care physician, educational sessions and advocacy.
Learn more about the physician health services offered by the Saskatchewan Medical Association
Yukon Physician and Family Support Program**
A 24/7 confidential support line for physicians, residents, medical students and their families to discuss personal and professional problems. When you call, you will be connected with a Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) physician who understands the issues that affect your health — and will work with you to identify the best resources for your needs, including access to qualified therapists in your area.
**Provided to Yukon physicians through a contract with the Alberta Medical Association Physician and Family Support Program.
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YMA member physicians and their families are also eligible for confidential in-person counselling through these two contracted providers:
Free and confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students (regardless of BMA membership), plus their partners and dependents, on 0330 123 1245. There is always someone you can talk to.
The British Medical Association (BMA) also runs the Doctors Support Service. Call 020 7383 6707 to speak to a supporter, or request a call back. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, telephone number, and the best time to contact you. A supporter will then call you back.
If urgent, please call 111, 999, or your GP.
More resources here: https://doctorshelp.org.uk/other-confidential-help-for-doctors/
Additional UK resources list from the BMA: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/your-wellbeing/wellbeing-support-services/sources-of-support-for-your-wellbeing
Practitioner Health Matters Programme – A confidential service for any doctor, dentist or pharmacist in Ireland who has a concern about stress, burnout, mental health difficulties or who may have an alcohol or drug misuse problem. https://practitionerhealth.ie/
Australia: beyondblue’s support line 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
1300 374 377
NEW SOUTH WALES
02 9437 6552
08 8366 0250
07 3833 4352
08 8366 0250
1300 374 377
03 9280 8712
08 9321 3098
THESE ARE NOT EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS: IN AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 000
Doctor’s Health Advisory Service Helpline: 0800 471 2654 – 24 hour service
National Physician Suicide Awareness Day: https://npsaday.org/
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC): http://www.sprc.org/
Download the AMA’s list of suicide prevention organizations
UPMC Physician Suicide Prevention Toolkit: https://gmewellness.upmc.com/Resources/Index?topicID=6
Physician Vitality Initiative https://www.physicianvitality.org/suicide-prevention.html
The Center for Physicians Rights www.PhysicianRights.net
ASA Suicide Prevention Resources https://www.asahq.org/in-the-spotlight/suicide-prevention-resources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a full page of resources around physician suicidality, including links to toolkits for medical schools and residency programs for suicide post-vention (which could be adapted at a hospital or health system level).
Reach out and Seize The Awkward: having conversations about mental health https://seizetheawkward.org/
Observe these personality and behavioral changes: Signs of Concern
Read the AMA Sample Script for Approaching a Distressed Physician
Reach out to a colleague in distress: The Physicians Foundation Guide to Conversation
AMA members: Course on recognizing and responding to suicidal risk:
1) Advancing a state where the well-being of the healthcare workforce is prioritized and individual healthcare workers feel valued and supported so they can sustain their sense of purpose and meaning in their work
2) Making beneficial progress against persistent mental health and well-being challenges that disadvantage our healthcare workers, and therefore, our healthcare systems and the future of public health.