If you aren’t already familiar with Janae Sharp and her work to fix physician burnout and suicide, you should be. In the past several years, many voices have joined the physician burnout movement, but hers is louder and much more influential and effective than most.
She’s a passionate entrepreneur who is wholeheartedly committed to addressing physician burnout and suicide. It’s very personal for her and her kids. Their father, John, a physician-in-training, committed suicide.
As Janae wrote,
After his death I remember being frustrated that there wasn't better support for my children. I was upset that no one quite knew how to talk about suicide death. John wanted the best care for his children, and part of that legacy should be supporting physicians and improving a system that was not designed to support doctors.
So she created the Sharp Index, a nonprofit working to heal the healers with support, research, analytics and data science. Her organization is well-known for its awards to recognize the people and organizations raising awareness of and addressing the complex issue of physician burnout. This year’s recipients include:
- Biggest Leader in Physician Burnout: Rasu Shrestha, MD
- Best Advocate for Physician Burnout and Suicide Prevention: Jessi Gold, MD and Justin Bullock, MD
- Best Media Coverage of Physician Burnout: New York Times
Janae is also wonderfully human and relatable.
If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by certified crisis response professionals.