They dedicate their lives to saving people yet each year an estimated 400 doctors end their lives in the U.S. alone - that's equal to two graduating classes. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, doctors have the highest rate of suicide among all professions.
Our doctors are jumping from hospital rooftops, overdosing in call rooms, found hanging in hospital chapels and the medical community has know about it for years, yet little is done. It's medicine’s dirty secret. Until now.
“It wasn’t until my brother Greg killed himself that I discovered that many doctors are depressed and suicidal.” ~ Erica Miday
The toxic medical culture of bullying, sleep deprivation and fear of seeking help not only injures our doctors—it risks the lives of patients. Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States alone. Yet physician suicide is a global crisis.
DO NO HARM is a feature-length documentary that exposes the silent epidemic of physician suicide. For every doctor who dies by suicide, thousands more are suicidal, depressed, and dangerously fatigued. Our doctors are forced to work in unsafe conditions that put themselves and their patients at risk.
"When you haven't slept in days it's like you're under the influence. You're making life and death decisions in that state." Delicia Haynes, M.D.
The film weaves intimate stories of suicidal doctors and grieving families with best-selling authors and the leaders of the ACGME, AAMC, and AMA who are confronted with why their organizations aren't doing more to protect doctors and patients.
DO NO HARM features HAWKINS MECHAM, a medical student who attempts suicide—and survives. Risking his entire career, he courageously shares his journey with the world. You'll meet the family of GREG MIDAY, a brilliant young doctor who took his life, and JOHN AND MICHELE who just lost their son KEVIN DIETL—weeks before he was to graduate medical school. Plus we follow PAMELA WIBLE M.D., a "guardian angel" to suicidal doctors and their families. They all unite on a mission to save others from suicide.
PRODUCTION IS NEARLY COMPLETE! We've already raised $100,000 and have been filming for more than a year thanks to grassroots funding from concerned physicians and patients.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to complete production this summer and begin post production to enter into film festivals like Sundance by December. The budget is $380,000 and this is our first crowdfunding campaign.
LIVES ARE ON THE LINE. Every dollar helps.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
1. Back the Project: Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don't make our goal, we get nothing.
2. Spread the Word: Even if you can't donate, sharing the link with your family and friends does a world of difference in getting more people to contribute.
3. Follow Us Online: Be sure to check out our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/donoharmthefilm/ ) for more information including behind the scenes photos, clips, and anecdotes!
4. Connect With Us: If you have any questions (or would like to contact us for press), send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Join the Care2 Petition to demand action to end medical student and physician suicides. http://bit.ly/MedSuicides
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If you prefer to send a check mail to: Symon Productions, Inc. 11911 Dorothy Street Suite 205 Los Angeles, CA 90049
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THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR CAMPAIGN!!!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for our film as in most documentary films is funding to complete and keep our momentum going. Our filmmaking team including Producer/Director/Editor Robyn Symon, a two-time Emmy winning former PBS producer, successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign for her film Behind the Blue Veil and has completed several documentary films that have been picked up for international distribution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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