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Tea and Empathy: Another peer group labour of love for NHS professionals 💛

A letter to NHS workers from a fellow health care professional about looking after the mental health of healthcare professionals. 

"We need to shift the shame culture that surrounds mental health issues in health care professionals. It perpetuates a cycle of secrecy, embarrassment and worsening mental health." 

" I know three doctors who have died by suicide in the past year in the UK (and have heard of seven more, which I suspect is just the tip of the iceberg). There are no published statistics of death by suicide in the whole of the profession available in the public domain, but we do know that healthcare professionals are at a higher risk of serious mental health problems and suicide than the general population (refs in article)." 

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