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It’s easy to get caught up in medical school life. It’s easy get dragged down by revision. It becomes even easier to forget that while we are learning to look after others, we need to be sure we aren’t forgetting to look after ourselves.
Mental health problems range from stress to eating disorders to anxiety to depression. As medical students, we have a higher prevalence of depression and anxiety than the general population, so it is likely that we (or someone we are close to) will be facing these issues. This is completely normal, common and to some extent expected to happen, but we need to make sure we recognise and proactively deal with any mental health problems straightaway.
We’d probably find it a no-brainer to go to the GP if we had flu or a tummy bug. Somehow we are more reluctant to visit the GP if we feel stressed, anxious or depressed. But why should this be? Physical illness, mental illness, illness is illness is illness. There are times when we will feel things are overwhelming and this is when a network of support helps. These support systems are available: but it is important to ask for help.
In almost every case, having a mental health condition will not prevent us from completing our course. And in every case it is better to talk about it earlier rather than later. Doctors experience mental health problems which can affect their lives. But with good support, having a mental health condition does not need to be a barrier to becoming a great doctor.
Where to go for support:
Peer support and medic parents
Your medic family or peer supporters (often organised by your university’s MedSoc or equivalent) offer some fantastic listening ears and can be a brilliant source of friendship and support.
It is important that your personal tutor is aware of what you are going through. They can then point you in the right direction in terms of support.
BMA counselling and doctor adviser service
A BMA helpline is staffed by professional telephone counsellors, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and are bound by strict codes of confidentiality and ethical practice. You can even choose to remain anonymous when you call.
If you would rather speak to a doctor adviser, you can specify that when you call. You will be given the name of a doctor to contact and details of their availability.
Call 08459 200 169 (01455 254 189 landline)
Your university is likely to be covered by Nightline’s support. Nightline is a confidential, non-judgmental service that will listen to any problem you may have, whether it be exam worries, problems with friends and family, or just wanting a chat. Nightline also has a list of really helpful resources on their website nightline.ac.uk/want-to-talk/other-resources/. Find your Nightline at nightline.ac.uk/want-to-talk/find-your-nightline/
If there is something troubling you, you can talk to Samaritans in confidence at any time of the day or night on 08457 90 90 90 , [email protected],org or at Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA.
Your GP can help you take active steps to look after your mental health, no matter what the condition.
University counselling service
Your university’s counselling service is somewhere you can share concerns or gain advice about someone you know. Furthermore, at Nottingham for example, you can submit for a ‘request for support’ form for yourself or another student. This means the student will get the right support for whatever it is that is going on.
If you have found this useful and would like to share your own tips for looking after mental health, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
Joint Deputy Chair, BMA Medical Students Committee and Chair, Welfare Subcommittee
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