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New U of M study finds nurses face increased risk of suicide

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A new University of Michigan studyfinds female nurses’ risk of suicide is twice as high as the general population.

Researchers examined CDC data from 2007 through 2018.

Christopher Friese is the Director of the Center for Improving Patient and Population Health. He’s worried nurses in the U.S. have been in trouble for a long time and they were in troublebefore the pandemic began.

“I worry that nurses are accumulating these emotional scars,” says Friese, “and if we don’t address these scars we’re going to place nurses at greater risk for mental health conditions and suicide.”

Friese says more study is needed to see what can be done to reduce the suicide rate among nurses.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Psychiatry.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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