June is #CrazySocks4Docs in support of doctors’ mental health
Buy a pair of crazy socks and wear them with pride as we raise awareness and much needed funds for mental health issues experienced by doctors.
Doctors suffer the full range of mental health issues – anxiety, depression, burnout, fear, anger. This has never been more evident in the battles and challenges they have faced in protecting us from COVID-19.
The inaugural campaign began in 2017 by cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood, who has championed mental health support for doctors after his own battle with mental illness.
Upon wearing odd socks to work one day, Dr Toogood found people were talking behind his back and questioning his mental health again. The reality was, his new puppy had been eating his socks but he was struck by the stigma and discrimination.
The initiative – now a global movement – calls upon people everywhere to wear fun socks on the first Friday in June, to raise awareness and normalise the mental health conversation.
Dr Toogood says:
“My mantra for the day is to raise awareness, normalise the discussion and create a safe place in which to do this. I will challenge leaders to be authentic on this issue – culture is driven from the top.”
#Crazysocks4docs has never been more poignant now, given the mental strain doctors’ face to protect our community during COVID-19.
The Medical Journal of Australia reports female doctors suicide at 2.27 times the rate of the general population, and male doctors only a little less at 1.41 times the general population.
One in five medical students reported suicidal ideation in the preceding 12 months, while 50% of junior doctors experience moderate to high levels of distress.
These are alarming statistics. That is why we need to support those that support us. It’s time for us to shine a spotlight on the issue of mental health for our doctors and we need your help.
How it works
Buy your socks
Buy a pair of limited edition ‘crazy socks’ and raise money for doctors’ mental health. Take photos of them and share on social media with the hashtag #Crazysocks4docs to help raise awareness and join in the fun.
Walk the block
Walk around your block, walk through a park or walk up and the down the street. Just get walking! Set a km target and pound the pavement. Challenge your mates!
Buy extra pairs of socks as gifts, encourage your friends and family to support your ‘walk a block’ or donate now. Every little bit helps to raise much needed funds to support our doctors’ mental health.
Head to www.crazysocks4docs.raisely.com to find out more.