Anaesthetists and intensive care doctors encouraged to take part in survey about suicide risk within their professions

To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2018), the Association of Anaesthetists is encouraging anaesthetists and intensive care doctors in the UK and Republic of Ireland to take part in a survey to find out more about their experience of suicide within their professions.

The survey findings will inform the Association’s forthcoming guidance and resources for hospital departments, aimed at helping these professions become more ‘suicide aware’ and support staff in the event of the suicide of a colleague. Participants have until 31 October 2018 to take part in the anonymised survey, and the findings will be published in spring 2019 alongside new guidance and materials.


Dr Steve Yentis, Consultant Anaesthetist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and co-chair of the Association’s working party, said: “Anaesthetists are thought to be at particular risk of suicide because of the stress of the job and easy access to (and knowledge of) potent drugs. We encourage all anaesthetists and intensive care doctors in the UK and Republic of Ireland to take part in our survey – they will be helping to shape new guidance and materials to support departments and hospital colleagues through extremely difficult times. We also appreciate that the subject of this survey is of a particularly sensitive nature and would encourage anyone distressed by it to seek support from the list of organisations on the Association’s website.”

 

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Notes for editors:
The survey on suicide among anaesthetists is available at www.aagbi.org/suicidesurvey. Anaesthetists and intensive care doctors in the UK and Republic of Ireland are invited to complete the survey by 31 October 2018.


We appreciate that the subject of this survey is of a particularly sensitive nature and would encourage anyone distressed by it to seek support from the list of organisations on the Association’s website or email wellbeing@aagbi.org.

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