Trigger warning: This post features references of suicide and may cause distress.
Earlier this year, my fellow doctor and beautiful friend, took her own life.
The news was absolutely devastating. I was completely and utterly floored. Of all people, surely not her? Surely not one of the smartest and most motivated people most of us had ever met.
When I asked a colleague, let’s call her “Dr A,” to express how he feels about her loss she told me: “Every time it pops up, I think about it again and just feel so upset. The problem is, almost all of the junior doctors I know have felt that way at one time or another. We’ve all been through our gruelling medical degrees and ‘trial by fire’ starting out work.”