Test your mental health

Test your mental health

Mental illness is thought to be more common in doctors than the general population, but under reported. Female doctors have twice the rate of suicide than the general population and GPs, anaesthetists and psychiatrists have higher rates than other hospital doctors.

The emotional toll of being a doctor can be overwhelming but doctors often fear seeking help may lead to career difficulties or stigma in a culture that ‘doctors don’t get sick’. This may lead to doctors self-treating or not seeking the support they need.

The Boorman review of NHS health and wellbeing estimated poor mental health accounts for more than a quarter of staff sickness absence in the NHS. Similarly, in the 2016 NHS Survey, 36.7% of NHS staff in England reported having suffered work-related stress and/or being unwell because of work-related stress over the past year.

How Is Your Mental Health? Take The Tests….

  • Check how your mental health compares with the national average with this tool from the Mental Health Foundation. This is not a diagnostic indicator of a mental health disorder but looks at levels of positive mental health
  • Check your mood with this simple questionnaire from NHS choices and get advice on what may help
  • Worried you may be depressed? Take the PHQ9