Puppy love the best ther­apy

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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.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486855

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486855

Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal doc­tors Cather­ine Jol­g­hazi, Liam Bibo, Alexan­dra Richards and John Shin with ther­apy dogs Pixie and Dy­lan.

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