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Letters Preventing suicide in medical staff

Preventing suicide in medical staff: fix working conditions

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 07 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5783
  1. Gabrielle V Pendlebury, adolescent psychiatrist
  1. Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London NW3 5BA, UK
  1. gpendlebury{at}

Gerada calls for better suicide prevention for medical staff.1 The Society of Occupational Medicine’s recent report on the mental health of UK doctors notes that occupational and individual factors (such as emotional labour, personality, and coping styles) contribute to distress in doctors but that poor working conditions seem to have the strongest effect on wellbeing. …

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