Author: Geoff Toogood

Working beyond the blues: the importance of doctors supporting the mental health of themselves and colleagues

Dr Geoff Toogood, Cardiologist Author:  Geoff Toogood Special thanks to Lauren Cone, Brian Fernandes and Duncan Campbell for reviewing the following article   It took a minor stroke before I was able to take much-needed leave from work.But it wasn’t the stroke I needed to most recover from – it was the severe depression I had that was many times worse. The stroke afforded me the time and space I had wanted, and needed, in order to recover. - Geoff Toogood   In 2013, I faced major stresses at work and my marriage was ending. It got the best...

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Creating mentally healthy work practices across large medical facilities

Authors:  Geoff Toogood and BeyondBlue   Creating mentally healthy work practices across large medical facilities is a challenge for even the most motivated leadership teams   It is made more complex by the stigma of seeking support for mental health issues among medical professionals who must work at their peak under pressure for long hours alongside peers, and in many circumstances, competitors. Seeking support can be seen as a sign of weakness or an inability to cope. The mental health of our medical professionals has been a concern to beyondblue since its landmark research found one in five medical students and...

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