Aussie mental health awareness campaign #CrazySocks4Docs goes global

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Photo courtesy of #CrazySocks4Docs website[/caption] This year, the #CrazySocks4Docs campaign is going global. All doctors and health practitioners all over the world are asked to take part in the campaign. It’s quite easy to be part of it. Check out the instructions below. [caption id="attachment_46987" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Image courtesy of the #CrazySocks4Docs website[/caption] A TIME article cited the study done by Anthony Montgomery ? an associate professor in the Psychology of Work and Organizations at the University of Macedonia in Greece ? which confirmed that doctors have an increased chance of suffering from psychological burnout. It’s inevitable as they are constantly exposed to high-stress situations. The problem is, as the #CrazySocks4Docs shows, not a lot of doctors feel comfortable talking about the state of their mental health. That is the stigma that the campaign hopes to get rid of. The first step starts with doctors and other health practitioners being able to have a conversation about the subject without fear of being judged for it. As Dr. Toogood said in a Peninsula Health feature: “It is so important that doctors start talking to each other, to their family and friends about mental illness. Having a conversation about how you?re feeling is the first step. Doctors need to look after each other, so that we can look after everyone else.” As for why he decided on “crazy socks” for the campaign, he explained, “The reason I picked crazy socks is we often call people with mental health issues crazy and I wanted to make crazy fun ? instead of the mental health connotation.” Check out the official #CrazySocks4Docs website by clicking this link.]]>

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