DETROIT (WWJ) – Doctors and suicide. A University of Michigan study shows what’s behind the higher than average numbers.
According to the study, job stress and mental health problems contribute to the higher rates of physician suicide, even though doctors have more access to mental health treatment.READ MORE: Legislature Again OKs Tax Cuts; Whitmer Floats $500 Rebate
Lead author of the study, Katherine Gold says that’s because many doctors worry about confidentiality when it comes to seeking help, and how it can affect their jobs.READ MORE: 'Ride For Equity’ Detroit To Mackinaw City Raises Equitable Funding For Black Business Awareness
Gold says they also looked at suicide methods for doctors with number one being firearms, and number two: overdose.
“Doctors are very familiar with medications and they understand what type of dosage and what kind of medication they’d need to be lethal,”said Gold.”They know what they are doing.”MORE NEWS: Wayne County Man Wins $1M On Scratch Off Lottery Ticket
Gold says as for job stress doctors work long hours, and many feel like they are held to very high standards.