Lifting the lid
- By: Matthew Billingsley
One in four people will have a mental health problem, yet the medical profession has difficulty in dealing with mental ill health within its own workforce. Mental health remains a taboo subject particularly among medical students. Anna Sayburn takes a look at why this is and the barriers to seeking help (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h722).
Hearing a medical student say “I’m struggling” might be perceived by some as an admission of failure after years of high achievement. You may worry that being exposed as someone who needs help might be penalised by your medical school or the General Medical Council, leaving your dream of being a doctor in tatters.
But this is not true. Your medical school has a duty to support you so that you succeed in becoming a doctor. The GMC cannot discriminate against you if you have a mental health problem unless it affects patient safety.
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