20
September
2023
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14:49 PM
America/Chicago

The Importance of Being There for One Another

An important message from Anthony Anani, M.D.

Anthony Anani, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist and Chief Medical Officer for Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper, remembers vividly every detail of the moment he learned the news that Blake Palmer, M.D., a beloved pediatric urologist and transplant surgeon at Cook Children's, had died by suicide. That day in June stays with Dr. Anani and he carries that tragedy with him as a reminder to check in on his fellow physicians and to make sure he takes care of himself.  Please take 5 minutes to watch this important video from Dr. Anani.

Cook Children's is offering an evidence-based suicide prevention training that teaches staff how to engage, interpret, and respond to peers experiencing suicidal ideations. It's called Question, Persuade, Refer Training, or QPR for short. QPR teaches three steps that anyone can take to help save a life from suicide.  QPR training is being introduced first to employees at Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth this fall and will expand to additional locations starting next year. Click here to learn more. 

For a helpful guide to mental health resources, click here. 

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Anthony Anani, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist Chief Medical Officer for Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper