Local Young Doctors Hoping To Curb High Suicide Rate In The Medical Profession
Here's how you can support them
Concerning figures have revealed that young medical professionals are some of our most vulnerable when it comes to suicide, a startling statistic a group of Coffs Harbour students, professionals and hospital staff are trying to combat.
According to the Medical Journal of Australia, medical professionals are more likely to die by suicide - for females 2.2 times more, while males are 1.4 times the amount.
Dr Ann McCormack, a staff specialist in endocrinology at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, says while older professionals are often victims, the number of vulnerable young students is startling.
“In recent Australian surveys, one in five medical students reported suicidal ideation in the preceding 12 months, while 50% of junior doctors experience moderate to high levels of distress," she wrote.
A.B & Ben caught up with Southern Cross University medical undergraduates Lisha, Nick & Andrew to discuss their upcoming event, where they've teamed up with Beyond Blue for a students vs staff fun day.
If you, or someone you know needs support - phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.