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Suicide Prevention



national suicide prevention hoteline 1-800-273-TALK
If you are in crisis, or worried about someone who may be, please call the 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) OR Crisis Text by texting TALK to 741741. 

Other Resources:

  • LifeBridge Chattanooga: A Physician Well-Being Initiative sponsored by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and its Medical Foundation.  Website: Phone: 423.591.9830. Provides confidential access to care at no charge for area physicians, including Residents and Fellows, as well as Medical and UT PA students rotating in Chattanooga at our campus.
  • NexGen Total Well-Being Program: An Employee Assistance Program provided at no charge by the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus for our Residents and Fellows. Accessing your benefit is easy: Dial 1.800.327.2255 and identify yourself as a Resident or Fellow with the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga (Company ID:  8665 if asked). You can also use the website: 
  • Student Assistance Program: A Student Assistance Program provided at no charge by the UTHSC Campus for its students regardless of the campus at which they are rotating. Click here to access detailed information.
  • CIGNA Behavioral Health Benefits: provided for all Residents and Fellows (as well as covered dependents) who participate in the UT Resident Group Health Insurance Plan through CIGNA. The plan also provides for mental health and substance abuse benefits through CIGNA Behavioral Health. Go to for details and covered providers. Before going to any behavioral health provider (psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor), the Resident should contact the CIGNA Behavioral Health service line at 800-274-4573 and have them set up sessions and coordinate benefits. 

Mayo Clinic Well-Being Index:

Create a login to a nationally recognized well-being and burnout screending tool called the Well-Being Index. Click here.  

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

national physician suicide awareness day

Shine a Light - Speak Its Name!
"Our Goal, Not to Lose One." Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP
ACGME Chief Executive Officer
September 17, 2020

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.

"Shed light on this issue and change the culture of medicine to save our own lives."

Suicidal Signs

Your knowledge of suicidal signs will save lives. Educate yourself about suicide warning signs, listen and pay attention to your friends, family, co-workers and everyone around you. 

Here are warning signs to look out for:

  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon
  • Giving away possessions
  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior 

Click here for more information from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

Chattanooga Crisis Services --  Hotline available 24/7 in Southeast Tennessee at 800.704.2651. 

Last Published: Apr 16, 2021