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Suicide awareness

We have been hearing with great sadness about cases of suicide amongst anaesthetists and intensivists. Our specialty has traditionally been considered at greater risk, possibly due to work-related stress, easy access to (and knowledge of) potent drugs, or both. Establishing accurate figures on numbers of deaths by suicide is virtually impossible, through deficiencies in national data collection systems and variable coroners’ reports. In the lead up to the Association publishing guidance on this sensitive topic, and in order to shape its content, we would like to hear from you if you have experienced the suicide of a colleague.

If you have a personal story regarding suicide that doesn't meet the criteria for our survey, and that you'd like to share, please use this anonymous form.

Survey on suicide
We are running an anonymous survey on suicide during September and October 2018 and encourage you and your colleagues to complete it. This survey is being conducted by Enventure Research on our behalf.  The online survey will open on 3 September 2018 and will close on 31 October 2018.

Access the suicide survey online 

If you’re a member of the Association you will receive an email invitation to take part in the survey on 3 September 2018.  There will also be reminders in the members' e-newsletter and in Anaesthesia News. Please help us by spreading the word amongst your colleagues, even if they are not members of the Association – you do not need to be a member in order to complete the survey.

 

Read the article "Why we need to talk about suicide" in August's Anaesthesia News.
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