DPM Financial Services is helping break down the stigma around mental health in the medical profession by providing ongoing support for the cause and donating $7,500 to the annual Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day.
Crazy Socks 4 Docs is an initiative by Dr Geoff Toogood, which is held every year on the first Friday of June and is all about embracing and accepting vulnerability around the mental health of medical practitioners. Sadly, medical professionals have the highest rate of suicide compared to other professions worldwide, so there’s a significant importance in normalising mental health conversations within the medical field.
This year, DPM was able to meet in person after a few years of working from home, to help raise awareness and drive positive change via action! Everyone got together and wore crazy colourful socks in support of medical practitioners struggling with depression and anxiety.
Who is Dr Toogood and how did this initiative start?
Dr Geoff Toogood is a renowned Peninsula Health cardiologist, who started the Crazy Socks 4 Docs campaign after experiencing his own battles with mental illness alongside some of his colleagues. He wanted to help change the stigma that doctors faced, to make it okay for doctors not to be okay and start the important conversation around doctor’s mental wellbeing.
The campaign has grown over the years and is celebrated by doctors Australia-wide and internationally, with doctors embracing their crazy coloured socks to show their support for this important cause.
#Crazysocks4docs helps to remind us that no one should have to walk alone with mental health, any day of the year!