Why do doctors need a specialist mental health service?

Why do doctors need a specialist mental health service?

Research has outlined a number of reasons support the need for a specialised service to care for doctors and dentists with mental health difficulties. The rates of mental illness in doctors are higher than those of the general population and in addition to this, healthcare professionals face a number of barriers to accessing healthcare. These are not only practical, for example having difficulty getting time off to attend an appointment or struggling to be registered with a GP with regular changes of address during training; but also emotional and institutional. Doctors find it difficult to admit illness – whether that be physical or mental- and the issue of confidentiality is a challenge due to the nature of the world of medicine. Doctors may be unwilling to declare a need for help because they are unsure how this problem can be concealed when there is so much overlap between their personal and professional world e.g. not wanting to visit their own GP as they live and work in close proximity and may need to refer their own patients to the same doctor.

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