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Letters Preventing suicide in medical staff

Preventing suicide in medical staff: let’s respect each other

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 07 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5833
  1. Amanda Woods, general practitioner
  1. Hardwicke House Group Practice, Sudbury CO10 2AY, UK
  1. drmandywoods{at}

I was moved by Gerada’s reflections about her work with relatives bereaved by suicide of a doctor.1 One doctor dying by suicide every three weeks is shocking and tragic. This led me to consider how this figure compares with other groups. The highest rates of suicide are in manual workers, especially where there is a lack of job security and earnings …

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