NCPS provides the following information to the general public to assist them in answering their questions about mental health issues and mental healthcare. The links are provided as a convenience and do not imply endorsement. NCPS is not responsible for content provided on websites hosted by organizations outside NCPS and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information they contain.
September 17, 2019
Physician suicide is a tremendous issue in healthcare today. While estimates of the actual number of physician suicides vary, literature has shown that the relative risk for suicide being 2.27 times greater among women and 1.41 times higher among men versus the general population. Each physician suicide is a devastating loss affecting everyone - family, friends, colleagues and up to 1 million patients per year. It is both a very personal loss and a public health crisis. Vision Zero calls on individuals, residency programs, health care organizations and national groups to make a commitment to break down stigma, increase awareness, open the conversation, decrease the fear of consequences, reach out to colleagues, recognize warning signs and learn to approach our colleagues who may be at risk. Let us challenge each other as individuals, communities, institutions and organizations to make changes to reach zero physician suicides.
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Mental Health Resources for Coping with Traumatic Events
The Northern California Psychiatric Society (NCPS) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) offers tips and other mental health resources on how to minimize possible mental and emotional effects of trauma caused by a disaster like this.
The effects of traumas and disasters can have tremendous psychological impacts on those who are affected directly and indirectly. Affected individuals may have various stress reactions that present psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. However, there are steps that individuals can take for themselves and their families to mitigate and lessen the psychosomatic impacts felt by the community at large and those involved in the event.
After an event has passed, the APA recommends following these steps to begin coping with the possible devastation and stress that follows such a tragedy:
For more information on coping with mental illnesses, visit the APA’s patient / public education website: www.psychiatry.org/mental-health
Information on coping after a disaster or tragedy is available at http://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/coping-after-disaster-trauma
The Northern California Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association recommend following these steps for coping in the days following a traumatic event:
Mental health resources:
The Resource Committee offers a confidential line to speak with a committee member about any question or concern regarding yourself or your practice. This is a benefit of NCPS Membership. While NOT formal treatment, you may call about practically anything.
You may choose the hotline or contact any committee member directly by email or phone below. You may request anonymity and/or ask that your name not be shared with other committee members. In short, this is:
Managing Stress in psychiatric practice keeps us well and averts burnout...
Hotline: 888-386-3641: Your call will be returned by the committee member on call or
Call a committee member directly or you may initiate contact by email:
1. Suzana Simkovic - (925) 719-2920 email@example.com
2. Lynn Bertram - 925-254-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Marvin Firestone - email@example.com
4. Sam Naifeh - 415-420-0078 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Gary Nye - 925-254-3222 or email@example.com
6. Richard Cicinelli - firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Simran Singh - email: email@example.com
8. Farah Zaidi - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information regarding many common mental health issues please see the website http://www.healthyminds.org. At this site individuals can search by specific mental health issue, population subgroup and do a general search. The site was created the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
NAMI offers free, volunteer-driven support for families of patients suffering from mental illness. It is a good grassroots organization where people can find out valuable information without having to see a psychiatrist. NAMI oftentimes has psychiatrists (sometimes NCPS members) speak to them at their monthly meetings. These meetings are free to the public and a good example of the kind of information NAMI provides
Patients with Medi-Care are experiencing difficulties when trying to find a psychiatrist. While none of our members currently accept Medicare in private practice the following are a list of resources that should help in finding a physician accepting Medicare.
County Health Services are the best resource for patients who are using Medi-Cal or Medi-Cal insurance to cover the cost for mental health services. Almost every county has a county hospital (and several clinics) where Medi-Cal patients can be seen. County Health Services are also a good place to start for patients using other types of health insurance. To see a list of contact information for Northern California Counties please click here.
California Psychiatric Association: the state association of APA, the lobbying arm of the California District Branches.
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American Psychiatric Association: the national organization representing psychiatry.
Central California Psychiatric Society
Tel: 888 234-1613
Orange County Psychiatric Society
Tel: (714) 978-3016
San Diego Psychiatric Society
Southern California Psychiatric Society
Tel: (310) 815-3650