Friday 7 June was Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day. This initiative was introduced to help raise awareness of the mental health of medical practitioners globally. Health practitioners are often thought to be “above” mental health issues, this is a stigma OccPhyz wants to join in breaking. See below excerpt for the origin of this initiative, taken from the Australian Medical Association.
Dr Geoff Toogood, a cardiologist from Melbourne, started the movement after facing discrimination upon his return to work after overcoming his own mental health issues. Dr Toogood has set out to overcome this stigma with the movement which is now global. The first Friday of June is Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day where members of the medical profession are invited to share photos of their odd, crazy socks on social media.
You can join the discussion online with #CrazySocks4Docs .
Dr Toogood was awarded the 2019 AMA President’s Award at National Conference in May in recognition of his contribution to the medical profession. “Dr Toogood is a most worthy recipient on the basis of his demonstrated commitment to, and advocacy for, doctors’ health,” AMA President Dr Tony Bartone said. (AMA, June 2016).