Administrative Update  |   February 2019
Break the Silence
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  • Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.S.H.C.A., FASA
    ASA President-Elect
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Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   February 2019
Break the Silence
ASA Monitor 2 2019, Vol.83, 8-9.
ASA Monitor 2 2019, Vol.83, 8-9.
I sometimes struggle to come up with the topic for my Monitor contribution, as the choice of topics are infinite. However, in the last month, I have seen the need to highlight a topic no one likes to discuss – suicide. First, in my new role as Chief Operating Officer of our children’s health system, we have recently seen a large increase in children and adolescents with attempted suicide (some completed) as well as overdoses. Second, we have learned recently that U.S. life expectancy falls again, driven by suicides and overdoses. Third, we have seen how this affects us as our colleagues also fall victim to suicide.
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