Clinician Well-Being

Supporting the well-being of North Carolina’s Medical Community

Stress and burnout have been a critical issue in healthcare since before the pandemic, but the past few years made it especially tough for clinicians. In 2023, the CDC declared a mental health crisis among health workers. Survey results revealed poor working conditions, harassment, burnout, and poor mental health as the top drivers. In 2022, nearly half (46%) of health workers reported often feeling burned out and 44% of workers in healthcare intended to look for a new job in 2022. The consequences of stress and burnout on the individual can be loss of job satisfaction, moral injury, clinical depression, and suicidal ideation. For the patient, stress and burnout can impact quality of care. Clinician stress and burnout represent a public health crisis with negative impacts on individual physicians, patients, and healthcare organizations and systems.

Since 2016, the NCMS has dedicated efforts and resources to address clinician and physician stress and burnout through the North Carolina Clinician and Physician Retention and Well-being Consortium (NCCPRW), partnering with key stakeholders across the state to actively explore, identify, discuss, and implement findings and activities to address clinician and physician retention and well-being in the state of North Carolina.

For more information regarding the NCMS’s wellness initiatives or how to become involved, please contact Melissa Kenny.

Immediate help and support:

Please note that the former number to the suicide prevention hotline is now 988.

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Resources for You

Physician Support Line

Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues and American medical students.

No appointment necessary. Call the national support line at 1-888-409-0141. Learn more