Spotlight on doctors’ mental health
MEDICAL staff from St John of God Midland donned their funkiest socks on June 1 to support the national Crazy Socks 4 Docs campaign.
It is the second year the campaign has run and aims to shine a spotlight on the mental health issues experienced by doctors.
AMA president Dr Tony Bartone said research showed doctors were at higher risk of suicide, suicidal thinking and psychological distress.
“There are significantly higher rates for female doctors and doctors in training,” he said.
“This event is a great example of a grassroots campaign with willing foot soldiers driving change within the profession to ensure that we better care for the carers.”
St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals medical services director Dr Sayanta Jana said doctors as well as other caregivers in the health industry were frequently over-represented in statistics around anxiety, depression, suicide, burnout and substance abuse.
“Our support is the least we can give them,” she said.
Dr Sunita Kantavil, nurse practitioner Janice Power and Dr Birgit Schulz donned crazy socks on June 1.