Peer Support Project

Support Made Simple

Everyone copes differently, but there is one thing most emergency physicians agree on: It helps to talk to someone who understands life in the ED. The Peer Support Project was developed to help you grow as a peer supporter while learning how to check on yourself, too. It's about feeling confident as a confidant and helping institutions break down barriers to care.

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Looking for more physician mental health resources? Visit the Wellness Hub for free professional crisis counseling options and a topical resource library organized by sources of stress. 



Invest in Your Support Skills

April 13, 2021

A Safe Space to Talk

Former chair of the ACEP Wellness Section discusses how the group developed "Let's Talk," an online forum where ACEP members can share anonymously and seek support from peers.

February 22, 2021

Why Peer Support?

An EM physician’s first unexpected bad outcome or lawsuit can be devastating. Many wonder why everyone else seems to be coping better. Once you open up to a colleague, you realize you're not alone.

September 16, 2020

Peer Support Basics

There is no such thing as a foolproof playbook for supporting your friends and colleagues through a crisis, but these tips can help.

September 16, 2020

Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support

ACEP collaborated with the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry for this webinar about the value of peer support and how you can help your colleagues - and yourself.

September 16, 2020

Hurting & Helping: Team Care and Self Care During Crisis

View this webinar and podcast focused on why we are experiencing fear and grief, how to cope with different types of stress, and how to help yourself and your team through this difficult time.


Build a Compassionate Workplace

August 9, 2021

Webinar: How to Start a Peer Support Program

Dr. Charissa Pacella, Co-leader of Physicians for Physicians Peer Support Program, and Dr. Jack Rozel, Medical Director at resolve Crisis Services for a discussion on starting peer support programs.

February 4, 2021

Try Theater of War for Your Workplace

Have you heard of Theater of War? ACEP hosted two online sessions this year to help emergency physicians process the burden of the pandemic in a unique, interactive way, and there may be more sessions...

September 16, 2020

Why Your Staff Needs a Mental Health Care Access Map

The effort it takes to find a mental health specialist can prevent physicians who are already busy and exhausted from seeking help. Create a support map to make it easy for your staff to seek help.

May 10, 2020

Healing the Healer: Protecting Emergency Health Care Workers’ Mental Health During COVID-19

This manuscript from Annals of Emergency Medicine discusses coping with COVID-19 and details possible individual and peer/administrative solutions using Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

February 13, 2020

We Must Start Paying Attention to Physician PTSD in Emergency Medicine

Developing a departmental or institutional approach to assisting PTSD sufferers will require a change in the way we view our profession and the impact emergency medicine has on our lives.


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Unrestricted grant support for ACEP’s Peer Support Project provided by the Genentech, a member of the Roche group and AstraZeneca


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