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October 28, 2020

Gatekeeper Training and the Medical Community’s Fight Against Depression and Suicide—A Shared Burden

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  • 1Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(3):215-216. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3315
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    Society's United Fight Against Depression and Suicide
    Michael McAleer, PhD(Econometrics),Queen's | Asia University, Taiwan
    The medical community has a key role and shared burden in dealing with depression and suicide in the military, which seem to be common denominators in both dignified professions.

    The recognition by the community that such thoughts and acts by patients in the military and medical professions need a united response are also paramount to the gatekeeper's role as a shared burden.

    Society needs to appreciate, respect, and accept the stress that is associated with military action, especially in terms of entering, after a life of service, the broader community that has little understanding of the pressures and
    primary threats that are faced in serving the country, especially when their lives are threatened on a daily basis