Prevention of Physicians’ Suicide


Fatemeh Sheikhmoonesi 1 , * , Mehran Zarghami 2

1 Zare Hospital, Neka Road, PO Box: 4843185774, Sari, Iran

2 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Addiction Institute AND Department of Psychiatry, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

How to Cite: Sheikhmoonesi F, Zarghami M. Prevention of Physicians’ Suicide, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2014 ; 8(2):1-3.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 8 (2); 1-3
Published Online: June 30, 2014
Article Type: Editorial
Received: April 01, 2014
Accepted: May 10, 2014


Suicide rate in physicians has been reported to be higher than general population or other academics. Previous studies found that 85-90% of people who commit suicide had been suffering from some type of psychiatric disorder. Suicide prevention is the key element in lowering the numbers of physicians who destroy themselves and end their lives each year. It is needed to provide some educational programs to increase physicians’ awareness of warning signs of suicidal ideation such as observable signs of serious depression. According to previous studies, some specialties such as psychiatry, anesthesiology, and dentistry are at higher risk for physicians’ suicide. Hence, it is important to select candidates in these fields carefully as a primary prevention program.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Sheikhmoonesi F, Zarghami M. Prevention of physicians’ suicide. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2014; 8(2): 1-3.


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