Addressing physician and patient mental health including suicide risk

This Overcoming Obstacles webinar forum will connect physicians with industry experts on suicidal ideation and physicians with experience to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health seeking.

Speakers will also discuss practical strategies, actionable steps, and evidence-based resources to identify those physicians and patients at risk for suicide and connect them to the most appropriate care.

8 Sept. 2022, 12 noon CT

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Daniel Miller, MD

Chief of Graduate Medical Education and Behavioral Health Integration, Sun River Health

dr. Miller is a practicing family physician and chief of Graduate Medical Education and Behavioral Health Integration for Sun River Health, a New York State FQHC with 45 locations serving approximately 225,000 patients in New York’s Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City.

dr. Miller also serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and co-chairs the Commission on Service Integration for Behavioral Health and HIV, as well as co-chairs the NACHC board mandate Power to Undo Racism. He is an assistant professor of family medicine at New York Medical College.

The clinical interests of Dr. Miller have long focused on the interplay between our physical health and our emotional, social and spiritual lives. In addition to training in family medicine, he has trained in body-centered approaches to psychotherapy and healing, including Primary Emotional Energy Recovery (PEER) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

Christine Yu Moutier, MD

Chief medical officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

dr. Moutiern is the medical director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and knows the consequences of suicide firsthand. After her own experience and losing colleagues to suicide, she devoted herself to fighting this leading cause of death. As CMO, Dr. Moutier for a nationwide movement fueled by AFSP’s mix of science and grassroots. As a leading private funder of suicide research, AFSP aims to translate research into action for families, communities, health professionals and policymakers. With a long-standing commitment to suicide survivors and those with experience and a nationwide network of departments, AFSP assembles a large, diverse community that brings authenticity, healing and hope.

dr. Moutier has testified before Congress, presented at the White House and gave congressional briefings on suicide prevention. She was a co-anchor of CNN’s Emmy Award-winning town hall for suicide prevention, serves as an expert at home and abroad, and remains committed to the mission of saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

Stephen O’Connor, PhD

Head of the Suicide Prevention Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health

dr. O’Connor is chief of the Suicide Prevention Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of Services and Intervention Research. dr. O’Connor manages a portfolio of grants that includes projects on youth and adult suicide risk detection and interventions to reduce suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and deaths. Before joining the NIMH, Dr. O’Connor research focused on early intervention for survivors of suicide attempts in trauma centers; group treatment for suicidal veterans; a staged, collaborative care approach to reduce post-traumatic stress, depression, substance use, and suicide risk in hospitalized trauma patients; and other health services-focused efforts to improve the screening, assessment, and treatment of suicidal individuals in both traditional and non-traditional behavioral health settings.

dr. O’Connor completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of America, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington.

Scott Pasichow, MD, MPH

Assistant EMS Medical Director, Southern Illinois University

dr. Pasichow is an emergency medicine and EMS physician at Southern Illinois University, and an active voice for the well-being of residents and physicians. He is currently a member of the Emergency Medicine Section Council within the United States House of Representatives of the AMA, and a representative of the Illinois State Medical Society to the Young Physician Section. Scott also serves as the American College of Emergency Physican’s Young Physician Counselor on ACEP’s Council. He has received grant funding to evaluate attitudes to and use of parental leave in the emergency medicine service, and is a strong advocate for equity and equity in the use of leave across home medicine.

dr. Pasichow has also spoken out in combating the stigma of public and medical licensing committees surrounding mental health treatment for physicians by sharing his own experience with anxiety, depression and suicidality during his stay. His story has been featured in ACEP Now magazine and the AMA’s Moving Medicine Podcast and Medical Resident Series. You can find him on Twitter at @SPMD16 and Facebook at Scott.Pasichow.

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