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You are not alone

General practice is an exciting and rewarding career, but the demanding nature of our work can sometimes lead to burn out. Some registrars may also experience depression during their medical training.

GPs are not alone with ‘numerous global studies involving nearly every medical and surgical specialty indicate that approximately 1 of every 3 physicians is experiencing burnout at any given time’ (Shanafelt 2009)

In 2013, Beyond Blue conducted a National Mental Health Survey for Doctors and Medical Students. The results showed that doctors reported substantially higher rates of psychological distress and attempted suicide compared to both the Australian population and other Australian professionals.

The statistics speak for themselves. However, hearing other people’s stories can help normalise what you may be experiencing and show you that there are solutions.

Dr Geoffrey Toogood

Melbourne Cardiologist Dr Toogood is an advocate for doctor health and wellbeing. He founded CrazySock4Docs day, held annually on 7 June to break down the stigma around mental health for doctors.

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Dr Steven Robson

Canberra based President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians Dr Robson shared his experiences of depression with the Medical Journal of Australia in 2018. The response was an outpouring of compassion and understanding from his colleagues and the medical community.

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Dr Pamela Wible

American General Practitioner Dr Wible is an activist for suicide prevention in healthcare. You can watch her TED talk to learn more.

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Dr Julie Chilton

American Psychiatrist Dr Chilton is an advocate for seeking help and understanding burn out in doctors. You can watch her TED talk to learn more.

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If you are considering self-harm or suicide, you must seek help immediately. Please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue (phone or web chat support) and make an urgent appointment with your GP.

If you or someone you are with is in immediate danger, please call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Your life is precious and things can get better with the right support.

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