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Opinion: On suicide risk among medical students, Gaétan Barrette is dead wrong

Montreal Gazette

Over the past week, medical students, residents and physicians have been in mourning. The suicide of Émilie Marchand, a resident physician at Notre-Dame Hospital, has left us with a profound sadness, but also a feeling of familiarity. Every medical student in Quebec knows, or will know, a classmate who has taken his or her own life, and many more who struggle with mental-health issues on an everyday basis. An even larger number of peers struggle with depression in silence, never discussing it with their friends or seeking help.

If one can say that anything positive has come from this tragedy, it is that it has shone light on a neglected and stigmatized epidemic among society’s healers and future healers. Over the past week, many reflections have been voiced in the mainstream media and social media as to how this epidemic has gone undiagnosed for so long, and what can be done to rid ourselves of it. These reflections…

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