This Must Stop.

Physician suicide, 7/22/21

“I’m very sad to share the loss of beloved Family Medicine Physician, Radhika Lal Snyder. Radhika died by suicide on July 4th and her loss is a profound shock to all who know and love her. She died 3 days before she was scheduled to go back to work from maternity leave.

For those who knew her, or those who want to know more, here is her memorial website: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/RadhikaLalSnyder/?pvgLink=jcbs4gm90e .

Rest In Peace, sweet friend.” ~ Dr. Heather Hamernick (shared with permission).

Radhika Lal Snyder, MD
March 5th, 1982 – July 4th, 2021

My heart is breaking again reading this tribute. What an absolutely amazing woman, physician, mother, sister, friend. Reading through comments, I’ve learned Radhika was a much loved bright light that was able to put anyone in her presence at ease.

I’m devastated at the loss of 2 physician mamas from our community this season.

Enough.

No more.

We MUST come together & support one another, notice changes in behaviors, & be on the look out for those hurting.

Running late.

Overworked.

Exhausted.

Increased alcohol/substance use.

Lack of sleep or too much.

Missed meetings.

Unfinished charts.

Short tempers.

Emotional outbursts.

More reserved. Less interactive.

Or more exuberant & taking risks.

Post partum.

Increased anxiety.

Changes in personality.

Any disruption, noticeable change – even the slightest.

As physicians we strive for perfection & have a difficult time asking for any help – & rarely, if ever, do we stop, realize, & admit to ourselves we’re human too. And we too need to be cared for, & allow others to care for US & willingly accept needed help.

We’re overachievers & good at taking on challenges, problem solving, & finding ways to make things work.

Constantly being asked to do more with less, & finding solutions to meet often seemingly unattainable goals.

Until we can’t.

Until the facade cracks & life becomes too much to bear.

And we succumb to the overwhelm, exhaustion, pain, & guilt.

A moment.

A chance to escape.

And our primitive brain takes over to end the pain.

No more.

Physician suicide must stop.

Please connect with your colleagues.

Watch out for each other.

Take a moment every single day to check in with one another.

Be there.

Be open. Watchful. On the look out.

Ask – really ask & take the time to listen & HEAR the the answer.

Be on the lookout for any deviance in behavior. Heed any clue.

We must work together & save each other.

Persistently & relentlessly activate & advocate for change.

Our house is broken & we’re losing members of our tribe.

Too many lives taken abruptly.

Needlessly.

It’s up to each & every one of us to support each other, lift up, connect, & work together to heal our house & protect our physician family.

Lives are at stake.

We need each other, now more than ever.

RIP Dr. Radhika Lal Snyder.

RIP Dr. Gretchen Butler.

RIP Dr. Lorna Breen.

RIP Dr. Matthew Gall.

Your light will live on in all of us, always. ❤️

Radhika Lal Snyder, MD
March 5th, 1982 – July 4th, 2021
Poem by physician writer Dr. Arlanna Moshfeghi, Original post: https://www.facebook.com/650808523/posts/10159233701628524/?d=n
Founded by psychiatrist Dr. Mona Syeda Masood, DO., in March 2020 amidst the COVID19 pandemic.
A quote from Dr. Michelle Chestovich’s podcast:
Re-Mind Yourself, Episode 11, Exhaustion.: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/re-mind-yourself/id1545869221?i=1000513404673

Links & Resources:

https://afsp.org/

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

https://www.kare11.com/article/news/local/kare11-sunrise/doctor-suicide-dr-michelle-chestovich/89-43cd04ab-f759-4d5e-a1cc-8c3d691d3f9a

Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation | Dedicated to Protecting the Well-Being of Physicians and Health Care Professionals

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/re-mind-yourself/id1545869221?i=1000513404673

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/re-mind-yourself/id1545869221?i=1000528887925

https://mafpadvocacy.org/2021/05/26/we-need-a-better-solution-for-the-terrible-disease-of-burnout/

https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/RadhikaLalSnyder/

https://gofund.me/e2242547

https://www.danielfuneralhome.com/obituary/gretchen-wenner-butler-md-4769/?fbclid=IwAR2Mw1Y7DVhCHz7zCYRz5ca4WpPAs4X6B_tRfwNgh1FSt2CO2GMPqoLdDFo

https://info.vitalworklife.com/betsy-and-matthew-gall-physician-suicide-story-2021

Physician Suicide Awareness: Dr. Matthew Gall

Mental health and Covid-19: How the US health care system fails doctors – Vox

Please reach out, call, text.
It’s ok to not be ok. We’re all human. Support & help are available. #StopTheStigma #MentalHealth ##YouAreNotAlone

Doctor revived after suicide tells all

Physician suicide: We need safe spaces to talk about it

https://www.teenalive.com/books.html#

https://afsp.org/ive-lost-someone

https://afsp.org/healthcare-professional-burnout-depression-and-suicide-prevention

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicagold/2020/09/17/on-national-physician-suicide-awareness-day-a-story-of-survival/

https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/concerning-trends-in-suicide

https://www.donoharmfilm.com/

Physician Mental Health Should Be Protected

Paddle boarding on Lake Michigan, July 28, 2015.

COVID19 Mental Health Resources for HCW

https://www.physiciansupportline.com/

https://www.forthefrontlines.org/

https://www.crisistextline.org/

https://project-parachute.org/

https://therapyaid.org/

https://emotionalppe.org/

Clinician Resilience and Well-Being – National Academy of Medicine

https://pages.apa.org/healthcare-worker-covid-19-resources/

Project RESPITE: Responsive Emotional Support to Interrupt Traumatic Experiences for First Responders and Healthcare Professionals (and their families)

Poignant piece by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour, from November 2020.

Some say they see a hero in this picture.

I see a human silently screaming, doing their best while drowning as others laugh, play, and splash around them.

Art Credit: Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour

It’s time we Heal the Healers.

This. Must. Stop.

9/26/21 Addendum: Join the #Light4Docs Physician Suicide Prevention initiative by the American Medical Women’s Association. Learn more here: https://www.amwa-doc.org/our-work/initiatives/physician-suicide/

#Light4Docs

Published by Dr. Dewey

Passionate Pediatrician. Marvelous Mom. Children/Vaccine/Physician Advocate. RA Warrior. Believer in Science, Medicine, Physician Autonomy, & Putting Patients First, Always.

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