Puppy love the best therapy
Therapy dogs brightened up the day for Fiona Stanley Hospital doctors last week.
FIONA Stanley Hospital doctors pressed “paws” on their work for a good cause last week.
Therapy dogs from the Delta Society visited the hospital to give junior doctors a well-deserved break and to highlight the stress they were under.
Fiona Stanley Hospital resident medical officer Alexandra Richards, who organised the event, said the idea of the get-together was to destigmatise the mental health issues that doctors faced.
“Mental health for doctors can be bad and it’s a difficult issue for them to raise with other doctors because they can be reported,” she said.
“We sometimes work 15hour shifts, so it’s difficult to get help if you need it.”
Dr Richards said she believed the tide was turning in favour of doctors recognising and dealing with mental health issues.
“We’ve organised lots of different events to help doctors with their mental health,” she said.
“The response we’ve received is lovely, it’s been very positive.
“My advice for anyone facing mental health issues is to get help.”
Fiona Stanley Hospital doctors Catherine Jolghazi, Liam Bibo, Alexandra Richards and John Shin with therapy dogs Pixie and Dylan.