Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Women aren't the only ones experiencing discrimination

I was saddened to see this story about a male midwife in Wales who committed suicide, in large part because of workplace harassment. In his suicide note he asked that no one from the hospital where he worked be permitted to attend the funeral.

With no psychological training, I don't have more to say on this, at least not authoritatively. My sense is that suicide is usually the result of deep depression or psychosis (yes, Dr. Deb?). And my observations with my own father is that workplace dissatisfaction can be a trigger, if not the root cause, of depression.

Did his profession's failure to welcome this man cause his death? Hard to say. Did it contribute to it? Undoubtedly.


Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said...

This is so tragic...


10:34 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

So sad.

Wonder how many male midwives there are in the U.S.

3:13 PM  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

Ah...there's a fellow on MT forums, Nigel, who is a midwife in England, I believe. He's delightful. How sad for things to be that miserable that you come to that point.


2:03 AM  
Anonymous Lei said...

Workplace pressures are increasing in all industries. It's unfortunate that those who we rely on to take care of us, don't get the help they need. :(

BTW, you're the featured blog at my healthcare career blog:

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All the best! (And it's nice to see Dr. Deb here too.)

12:18 AM  

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