The Pharmacists’ Support Service has extended its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of pharmacist Margo Kliendienst.
Kliendienst was a Sunshine Coast pharmacist who owned pharmacies in Nambour and Little Mountain and her death will impact on many people in these communities, says PSS. She took her life last week.
“This is tragic and very sad,” says John Coppock, PSS President.
“Pharmacists are not immune to mental health issues and may delay seeking help because we are so busy caring for others.”
Coppock says he is concerned that we may see more pharmacists experiencing stress and depression due to the current pressures in pharmacy, particularly financial pressures and the apparent negative attitudes of some commentators.
He emphasised the importance of the pharmacy profession looking after its own and the role each pharmacist can play in asking colleagues how they are feeling.
He encouraged pharmacists to ask their colleagues and staff “R U OK?” and to be ready to offer support when it is needed.
PSS encourages anyone with thoughts of suicide to talk it over with someone they trust and to reach out for help. All Australian pharmacists, pharmacy interns and students can call PSS on 1300 244 910 every day of the year between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm (EST) to talk about this event or other concerns.
PSS also recommends the Suicide Call Back Service for anyone impacted by suicide. This service provides counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide. The Suicide Call Back Service is available on 1300 659 467 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and also offers follow-up counselling when it is needed.