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5% of GPs have sought help from mental health service

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If you are suffering please consider referring yourself. The service is excellent. As a GP for 17 years I had always felt I was self sufficient - should be able to cope despite the pressures and expectations we all face everyday. It wasn't until a tragic event that occurred to a patient that I realised how close to the edge I was. I lost all confidence in my clinical judgement - became hypervigilant and expectant of something serious happening again. The emotional effect on me was extreme and I was struggling to understand why this particular incident had such a profound effect on me. Asking for help and receiving it was liberating. The opportunity to see a GP for a prolonged appointment and follow up gave me the chance to look at the circumstances that had led to the difficulties I was facing and most importantly the chance to talk openly. Within 6 weeks I saw another clinician - a GP trained in psychological therapy who was excellent. I am now in a better place both at work and in life out of work. I have learnt a lot about myself and feel better placed to face adversity in the future. I feel so sad for our profession that many of us are ending up unwell due to our work. It is shocking that 1 in 20 of us are presenting with mental health problems as a result of our daily work - heaven knows how many more are suffering.

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16 May 2019

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12:20pm

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