Senior medical professionals have gone online to share their stories of overcoming struggles with their mental health in order to help combat stigma in healthcare professions.
The doctors’ involvement is for #AndMe, a joint campaign run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters initiative and the Doctors’ Support Network (DSN).
Although health professionals are advised to value their own wellbeing and seek appropriate help if unwell, there has been an absence of senior professionals who have felt able to say ‘I’ve been there myself’, say the organisers.
“Medical professionals face many of the same challenges, and we needn’t face them alone – instead we can work as one to tackle stigma and speak openly about mental health issues,” said Louise Freeman, vice chair of DSN.
Stories aim to show that having a mental health problem does not exclude people from achieving leading roles in healthcare.
#AndMe campaign here
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