This is the first in a series here on SelfWork about careers that can kill. Over the next few months, we’re going to interview people who are led to careers that hold within them the ever-increasing danger of suicidal ideation or suicide itself. Doctors, police officers, the military. We are losing the people that we, as a culture, expect to do very difficult jobs psychologically. Yet the professions themselves don’t encourage mental health treatment, or even disparage those that reveal struggle.
Sometimes you don’t know why, but you’re drawn to someone or to their story. Adam Hill is one of those people for me. Adam presented himself as a thoughtful guy as well as being a doctor who’d trained as a pediatric oncologist at some of the finest schools and research centers the USA has to offer. And then came the fact that he is a recovering alcoholic. He’s the author of Long Walk Out of The Woods – which when you read the book, you totally get that he’s not simply talking metaphorically, but quite literally -as he nearly ended his own life in a deep, sheltered place in the woods.
So I wanted to talk to this man who’d risked everything career-wise to reveal his struggle with severe depression and alcoholism – and become not only a doctor, but now a mental health advocate whose fighting to change how his profession’s licensing boards and entire medical community views seeking help for mental illness or substance abuse.
So I present to you Dr. Adam Hill. His story is riveting and may carry within it something important for you or your loved one to hear.
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