May 2015, I read a heartbreaking letter from the fiancé of a paramedic who killed himself. It was the second suicide by an employee of Austin Travis County EMS in seven months. Before that, I learned about two suicides and one suicide attempt by nurses I had worked with in the ER. Then in 2015, I began to hear about physician and medical student suicides from Dr. Pamela Wible who speaks boldly and honestly about this tragedy among our people. Every one of these suicides shares a common thread, a preventable one: they are all victims of the high-stress, abusive and broken system the industry of medicine has created.
When we are called into this profession, we naturally take on the responsibility of the world. Continued on the Huffington Post.