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Joining Forces to Support Clinician Mental Health

Thursday, June 4, 2020  
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APA joined other leading medical associations released a joint statement outlining steps to support the mental health of EM physicians and other clinicians during this pandemic.  

The joint statement was signed by more than 40 groups. It emphasizes that a clinician's history of mental illness or SUD treatment shouldn't be used as an indicator of their current/future ability to competently practice medicine.  

 According to the statement, “For most physicians and clinicians, seeking treatment for mental health triggers legitimate fear of resultant loss of licensure, loss of income or other career setbacks. Such fears are known to deter physicians from accessing necessary mental health care. Seeking care should be strongly encouraged, not penalized.” 

 APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., explained: That “no other medical illness is called out on licensure applications for requiring treatment for physicians except for the mental illness disclosure. We want all persons who have any illness to seek help from their physician. This discriminatory requirement needs to end.”