Doctors in Distress

Doctors in Distress is a UK Charity dedicated to providing mental wellbeing support to healthcare workers, aiming to reduce suicide rates.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

We have four key objectives:

1: Positively campaign for culture change within the medical profession and NHS to remove the stigma associated with doctor burnout resulting from them having heavy workloads and operating in a high pressure and stressful environment.

2: Encourage a wider organisational responsibility for the working environments of doctors that include the value of their mental well-being for the positive benefit of the NHS, its workforce and the patients they serve.

3: Independently and without prejudice, direct doctors to approved and secure confidential resources so that they can get help when dealing with well-being/burnout/stress issues.

4: Raise awareness of these issues in the public domain to encourage society to have an improved consideration and understanding of the medical profession that cares for them.

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What are your current priorities?

As of Sep 2019 our current priority is to establish our charity as far and wide as possible to help achieve the four objectives.

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What challenges are you currently facing?

The rate of change needed within the medical profession and health systems in relation to the attitude and stigma surrounding doctor and workforce mental health.

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