Stigma Of Mental Illness Hard To Overcome In Medical School Setting

In a special piece for the Washington Post (10/9) “Health & Science” blog, Nathaniel Morris, MD, a resident physician in psychiatry at the Stanford University of Medicine, who has personally struggled with depression, wrote that “suicide is a major issue for medical schools.” Surveys have found that approximately “10 percent of medical students have reported having thoughts of killing themselves within the past year.”

What’s more, instead of “receiving support in these situations, these students often suffer humiliation from senior clinicians.” The “stigma of mental illness” has been “especially hard to overcome” in the medical school setting, Dr. Morris asserted.

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— “Medical school can be brutal, and it’s making many of us suicidal,” Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, October 9, 2016.

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