Every year, three to four hundred physicians take their own lives — the equivalent of two to three medical school classes. This is an alarming trend in a country focused on increasing the availability and quality of healthcare. Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide is a one-hour, high definition public television documentary that sheds light on this hidden and perplexing phenomenon.Struggling in Silence is part of a nationwide outreach campaign. The aim of the campaign is to explore the professional policies and the culture of stigma that prevent physicians and medical school students from seeking help for the common and treatable mood disorders that can lead to suicide. The campaign will also educate the community at large about mood disorders and medical safety in the hopes of creating a more supportive environment for physicians in treatment.
The Arkansas Medical Foundation is here to provide for the identification and treatment of healthcare professionals who suffer from impairment, in order to promote the public health and safety and to insure the continued availability of skill of highly trained medical professionals for the benefit of the public. The AMF was created to oversee the Physician's Health Committee (PHC).