17 After a Suicide | A Toolkit for Physician Residency/Fellowship Programs Supporting Faculty and Staff Although the faculty and staff will have known the resident to varying degrees, the experience may still have a powerful personal impact. Taking the time to offer support in the aftermath of a traumatic event is important. Some faculty and staff deeply touched by the experience may need to discuss with their immediate supervisor whether they can take the rest of the day off and how to handle the immediate workload. These individuals may also be directed to Employee Assistance Program personnel or other in-house experts. Staff who will likely be impacted include nursing staff, and other disciplines in the clinical settings where the resident worked. Make an effort to communicate support to this broader network of the hospital/clinical community and make sure key leaders such as Chief of Nursing, PT, OT, etc. are made aware. (see Appendix D for template emails) Faculty and staff should be reminded that: • Caring for oneself is an important part of professionalism and is critical in caring for others; residents learn from watching others model solid self-care practices • Unattended feelings can lead to poor communication skills • If you see something say something (speak with the resident, call the PD), e.g., if you notice changes in a resident’s behavior, irritability, etc. • Build relationships with residents deliberately • Residents are working extremely hard — remember to acknowledge that and thank them • Share your own experiences mindfully — it is important for residents to know that many of the difficulties are a part of training • If you are worried about a resident, call the PD Ideally steps should be taken so that one individual, such as a PD, does not have to tell the story of the resident’s death repeatedly. Using a Crisis Response Team, as previously described, helps ease the burden. Faculty and staff deeply affected and members of the Crisis Response Team should have debriefing meetings with in-house experts. Reaching out to these individuals two to eight weeks after the event is also a useful way to support their wellbeing and ongoing bereavement.