Everyone is entitled to an “off day” now and again – even physicians. But if an individual is experiencing something more, it may be time to seek out help. Whether it’s just a need to find a colleague to speak with, a concern about drug or alcohol abuse, a feeling of depression, experiencing stress, or thoughts of suicide, there are a number of resources available.

Medical students, residents, and physicians have higher rates of depression, burnout, and suicide than the general population.  It is important to understand the risks and how to help.  Say something more »

Podcast By Rick Hanson, Ph.D. On this podcast we’ll learn how to increase our everyday happiness, build inner strengths, and get the most out of life. Click to see Podcast: more »

Almost everyone experiences problems that directly or indirectly affect his or her work at times. Kaiser Permanente recognizes that each individual contributes to the success of the organization, and that more »

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free service available for Kaiser Permanente physicians, employees and their dependent family members. Speak with an EAP Counselor to get support with issues more »

The Physician Well-being Committee is a group of active staff members responsible for assisting impaired physicians or other medical staff in getting appropriate help. These committees, which are established in more »

By Loretta Howitt, MD Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Los Angeles Regional Chair, SCPMG Physician Well-being Committee Many of us have been visited by suicidal thoughts. In this place, darkness encases us and more »