Today (8th September) in Australia is RUOK? day. It’s a time for people to come together and think about more than themselves and meaningfully connect with others. I wrote recently about the prevalence of bullying in medical society and some of it’s consequences. The 2013 Beyond Blue survey on depression in the medical workforce showed that one in five doctors suffer from depression and that a quarter had thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideation.
But today, I’d like you to remember that mental health concerns only remain hidden because of stigma. By talking out loud we can help smash the stigma. It’s a topic I’m going to expand on at next year’s DFTB17 conference. If one in five Australian doctors suffer from depression and (if it’s not you then) there is a good chance that one of your friends or team members does. Don’t be afraid to ask the question – and listen to the answer without judgement.
For more information on RUOK? day then take a look at their official website.
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