Physician Mental Health: Building Resilience

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Tuesday, April 10
10 - 11 a.m.

Register on or before Tuesday, April 3, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

MHA members — $225
Nonmembers — $275

The webinar registration fee is for one phone line connection. Each additional phone line connection will be charged a registration fee. Multiple participants on the same connection is encouraged. Get more value by inviting colleagues to join you!

This webinar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals because of a contribution from the MHA Management Services Corporation.


CEOs, CNOs, COOs, CMOs, chief of staff, directors of education, directors of human resources, physicians, nurses

The following program content was provided by the speaker.


High rates of burnout, depression and suicide in physicians requires changes within the medical profession. Most mental health problems can be effectively managed, but real and perceived barriers — such as confidentiality concerns and fear of negative ramifications — keep many physicians from addressing their mental health needs. Unattended distress negatively impacts physicians, as well as patient safety.

In addition to individual risk factors and stress load, institutional culture plays a critical role leading physicians to rationalize distress as part of their professional identity. There are several initiatives with demonstrated effectiveness in medical settings which can be scaled up for greatest impact: education and stigma reduction efforts, policies and procedures that treat mental health on par with physical health, and efforts that promote an overarching culture of respect. Further strides can be made by addressing hospital and state licensing forms questions related to mental health, ensuring that questions pertain to competence rather than illness, or replacing questions altogether with a statement encouraging proactive actions to protect physician mental health and safe practice.


At the completion of this program, participants will be able t

  • summarize the risk and protective factors of suicide in physicians
  • discuss the role of stigma as a barrier to seeking change and developing positive culture change
  • differentiate the gender differences for female and male physicians related to suicide risk
  • discuss individual and organizational strategies to prevent suicide and burnout


Dr. Christine Moutier is the chief medical officer for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and knows the impact of suicide firsthand. After losing colleagues to suicide, she dedicated herself to fighting this leading cause of death. Since earning her medical degree and training in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Moutier has been a practicing psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry, dean in the medical school and medical director of the inpatient psychiatric unit at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, Calif. She has been clinically active with diverse patient populations, such as veterans, Asian refugee populations, physicians and academic leaders with mental health conditions. She has presented at the White House, testified before the U.S. Congress on suicide prevention and has appeared as an expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, The Economist, The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, NBC and other print and television outlets.