10 Oct 3 Things to do for #WorldMentalHealthDay
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Since the mission of the Sharp Index is to decrease physician burnout and suicide, it was natural for us to reflect on that state of Physician mental Health. Are things getting better in 2020?
The short answer is: no.
With a worldwide pandemic without adequate preparation, we find ourselves hoping for a better future.
Here are 3 things you can do for World Mental Health Day:
1. Read this excellent article
You know- today I realized my 9-year-old has QUITE A FEW missing assignments. This parenting and school- and- and- and thing has not been my favorite. This article helps. #mentalhealth
2. Join our #Turnout4Burnout virtual run with Sharp Index
You can run from anywhere- or walk- or just look up athletic wear. There are a LOT of good sales right now on great-looking athletic wear. Be like that Marshall guy I know who hasn’t had sugar this whole time- and support physicians, who have been overworked and under-recognized during #Covid19
Sign up now
3. Send someone a card or gift
DO NOT ASK THEM if you “can” do something- just do it. If you need help, you don’t have the energy to direct your own life- so you can’t take on directing the actions of others.
Dr. Gold’s article reminds us that in terms of mental health, we are in a race.
“These feelings might also be something we are surviving for a long time. Dr. Drew Ramsey, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, stated that while we need to cope with the depression and anxiety we are experiencing right now, we also need to be prepared for winter, which is going to be hard. He illustrated it as the following: “It’s like my mental health already did a triathlon, but actually the finish line is next June.” It is, quite simply, exhausting on top of existing exhaustion. But, right now, even that is normal.”
Planning for a race in the middle of the race might be the worst time to plan for a race. Mental Health matters every day, not just one day a year. We remain optimistic that things will get better.