High suicide rates amongst those working in the healthcare industry are shown to be linked to high-stress levels combined with easy access to drugs.

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Nurses are four times more likely to commit suicide than those individuals that don’t work in healthcare. A study analyzing the deaths from suicide in different occupational group shows that the suicide risk in female healthcare professionals is 24% higher than the female average.

“Male and female carers had a risk of suicide that was almost twice the national average.”

Most nurse suicide deaths were caused by overdose or poisoning, this could be explained by their knowledge and easy access to lethal doses of medication.

“People at high risk of suicide may selectively go into particular kinds of occupations” The ONS article reads.

The study also shows that lower paying health care workers were more vulnerable than higher-paid employees.

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Factors that contribute to suicidal tendencies in nurses:

A survey done by Nursing Standard magazine showed that More than two-thirds of nurses blame their depression on their work.

-Workplace Bullying

-Suppressed emotions


-Demanding patients

-Lack of self-care


-Witnessing pain and suffering

Without a proper support system, pressures from work can become overwhelming and cause depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicide can be a taboo topic, but opening up and speaking about it can save someone’s life. Sharing resources with fellow nurses, friends, and family can help shed light on suicide prevention.

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Solving the problem:

Carol Bannister, an occupational health adviser for the Royal College of Nursing, said that it is already widely known that nurses are under a huge amount of pressure and that we need to start looking for solutions.”…tackling nurse shortages, stamping out violence and introducing employee-friendly work practices, are a good starting point.”

Nurses should also take their well-being into their own hands by establishing a solid self-care routine. Taking care of yourself should be your number one priority. Make sure you eat well, drink plenty of water, meditate daily, exercise regularly, relax and rest often and do things you love and enjoy.

Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness. If you feel depressed and overwhelmed, find a support group, talk to someone you trust and make efforts to take better care of yourself.


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