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Doctors in Distress
Doctors in Distress
Ride from Land's End to John o'Groats

Ride from Land's End to John o'Groats

Why we need your help

I am Subodh Dave, a Consultant Psychiatrist and I love to run. I have run all the major marathons (New York, Chicago, Boston, London, Tokyo and Berlin - even managing a sub-3 hr time in the last one). Two years ago I even ran the world's highest ultramarathon running 72 kms at altitudes of over 17000 ft. But the challenge to cycle along the length of the UK in 10 days is something else. Cycling >90 miles/day with significant hills will be a mental and physical challenge - Maintaining focus for 3/4 hours during a marathon is quite different from enduring saddle soreness and neck ache for 10/12 hours a day consecutively for 10 days. I have tasted this pain on a recent coast to coast challenge.

But to be honest, this pain pales into insignificance, when I think of the pain that several of my colleagues endure in their daily working life. Healthcare and medicine are inherently stressful professions - you come across death and suffering routinely. And yet there is very little that prepares them for this occupational hazard. Over a third end up experiencing severe burnout/mental illness and unfortunately a sizeable number kill themselves every year.  Stigma is rife. Medics avoid help-seeking if they can.

But there are ways in which we can make a difference. Dr1in4, an initiative set up by me with my colleagues involves Drs with mental illness sharing their personal stories with their colleagues and this approach seems to be helping.

#DoctorsInDistress will use your kind donations to set up in-person and virtual support groups for doctors. This is just the start - while medics have specific factors that make them particularly vulnerable, similar issues afflict other healthcare professionals.

Please donate generously. I am using my own money to do this challenge so every penny will go towards the cause. And if you are unable to donate, please do share the message with your colleagues and friends.

We need healthy and happy doctors to run our health service.

And please do send messages of support - that will keep me going - thank you in advance!


@subodhdave1 @dr1in4

 

 

 

 

Doctors in Distress


The medical profession shows higher rates of mental illness, burn out and suicide than the UK average. In England alone, a doctor takes their own life every 3 weeks. Currently in the UK there are a number of initiatives aiming to address this through the provision of mental health support to the medical profession. However, these focus on support once diagnosed. Diagnosis in itself can be the first hurdle.

 

The sector fails to address the issues surrounding mental health of its workers through a lack of preventative support and the prevalence of a stigma around mental health care. At Doctors in Distress however, we aim to bridge this gap in the current system, with a focus on prevention. Through the provision of therapeutic groups to all medical professionals and normalising support within the sector, we aim to prevent the exacerbation of mental health issues at first instance and support these other initiatives down the line. We are the only charity that focuses entirely on prevention through supervised virtual and in-person support groups. We are the PPE for mental health.


This help is required more than ever in the years to come after COVID-19, where enormous pressure has been put on those working within an already stretched medical profession.

 

Your money will go directly towards the set-up of these therapeutic groups for medical professionals, with the aim to start the provision of the service in 2021. Further, the money will support a nationwide campaign to address stigma in line with suicide awareness week in September. 

 

 

For more information and resources:

 

https://doctors-in-distress.org.uk/


https://twitter.com/doctorsdistress?lang=en

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist and I love to run. I have run all the major marathons (New York, Chicago, Boston, London, Tokyo and Berlin - even managing a sub-3 hr time in the last one). Two years ago I even ran the world's highest ultramarathon running 72 kms at altitudes of over 17000 ft. But the challenge to cycle along the length of the UK in 10 days is something else. Cycling >90 miles/day with significant hills will be a mental and physical challenge - Maintaining focus for 3/4 hours during a marathon is quite different from enduring saddle soreness and neck ache for 10/12 hours a day consecutively for 10 days. I have tasted this pain on a recent coast to coast challenge.


But to be honest, this pain pales into insignificance, when I think of the pain that several of my colleagues endure in their daily working life. Healthcare and medicine are inherently stressful professions - you come across death and suffering routinely. And yet there is very little that prepares them for this occupational hazard. Over a third end up experiencing severe burnout/mental illness and unfortunately a sizeable number kill themselves every year.  Stigma is rife. Medics avoid help-seeking if they can.

But there are ways in which we can make a difference. Dr1in4, an initiative set up by me with my colleagues involves Drs with mental illness sharing their personal stories with their colleagues and this approach seems to be helping.

#DoctorsInDistress will use your kind donations to set up in-person and virtual support groups for doctors. This is just the start - while medics have specific factors that make them particularly vulnerable, similar issues afflict other healthcare professionals.

Please donate generously. I am using my own money to do this challenge so every penny will go towards the cause. And if you are unable to donate, please do share the message with your colleagues and friends.

We need healthy and happy doctors to run our health service.

And please do send messages of support - that will keep me going - thank you in advance!


@subodhdave1 @dr1in4

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Sep 19, 2020

PB

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Sep 19, 2020

Anand Ramakrishnan

Dear Subodh, we, British Asian psychiatrists are proud of you for your numerous living examples of steadfastness, compassion, endurance and resilience ; overall support of trainees and other doctors. Krish

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Sep 15, 2020

Anonymous

Good luck.

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Sep 13, 2020

Holly and Colin

Subodh you are amazing. What an achievement. Happy to help a great cause and support you just like you have supported us. Can?t wait to hear all about it soon what a story you can tell!

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Sep 10, 2020

Anonymous

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Sep 09, 2020

Ashok G Patel

Excellent effort and very proud of you Subodh ???

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Sep 09, 2020

Katie Carpenter

For a very important cause, and very well done.

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Sep 08, 2020

Anonymous

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Sep 06, 2020

William BJ

Well done Subodh- amazing achievement to add to your running and a great charity close to my heart.

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Sep 06, 2020

David and Jane Maddams

2 retired GPs who are full of admiration for what you have done and are doing

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