Mental Health: Speak out, seek help, get treatment
An Australian doctor has spoken out about his experiences with mental health to encourage other health care professionals to speak out and get help.
The Professor, President of RANZCOG, wrote about his experiences as a young doctor and his attempt to take his own life.
He highlights the importance of seeking help and providing support for colleagues writing:
‘For every doctor, especially our juniors, it is important to understand that mental health and emotional issues are nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. They are important and need acknowledgement and treatment. We need to support each other and make this message abundantly clear.’
Read about his experiences in full here.
MBRRACE-UK has published its most recent report ‘Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care’ which reviews lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2014–16.
Between 2014 – 16 there were 225 women who died during or up to 42 days of the end of pregnancy with a direct or indirect cause being pregnancy. The top 3 causes of direct deaths were thrombosis & thromboembolism, major obstetric haemorrhage & suicide. There were an additional 286 women who died between 6 weeks and 1 year of the end of pregnancy with the main cause being suicide. Improvements in care may have made a difference to the outcome for 38% of women who died.
Key areas for action highlighted are:
The full report included a number of recommendations and can be viewed in full here.