I’m excited to announce that we are starting up a peer support group to talk about mental health.
There are a million stats about mental health, but one that stands out to me is that people who don’t feel they have a support system or people they can talk to about their own struggles are 10 times more likely to be depressed.
The first date is November 17th in the evening. If you’re interested, fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/…/1dfon-Eof2sMQYDUrW_0WqI…/viewform…. What’s going to happen is after you submit the form, I’ll give you more details. There will be groups of 4-6 who will meet up at one place. I’m hoping to have people offer to share their story – of course only if you’re comfortable. Also know that anything you send to me is of course confidential.
Look, I know it’s a bad time. Finals are coming up and there are a million things to study. There are a million clichés about how you must care for yourself if you want to take care of patients, etc. but don’t forget why we all got on this journey – to enjoy the ride. Mental health is something that’s so easy to set aside when you have so many other priorities, and that will hold for as long as we’re in medicine.
If you’re struggling and just want to listen, please do. If you want to share your story, whether it be current or in the past, you’re more than welcome. If you’d like your story to be heard but want it to be anonymous – please let me know. If you’re not struggling and doing well – that’s great. Consider being there for someone who needs it. The difference it makes is more than you’ll know.
Thanks guys! If you have any concerns/questions/anything you want me to know, don’t hesitate.