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Crazy Socks 4 Docs

1 June is Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day.

Doctors around the world are invited to show their support for doctors experiencing mental illness by wearing crazy socks.

To spread the message and encourage doctors to start talking about their mental health, people are encouraged to take a photo of their colourful, silly, bright, zany socks and share it on social media using the hashtag #CrazySocks4Docs.

The campaign was started last year by Peninsula Health cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood, who has championed mental health support for doctors after his own battle with mental illness.

“It is so important that doctors start talking to each other, to their family and friends about mental illness,” says Dr Toogood.

“Having a conversation about how you’re feeling is the first step.”

“Doctors need to look after each other, so that we can look after everyone else.”

The idea for Crazy Socks 4 Docs all started when Dr Toogood wore odd socks to work one day.

“A person who knew my past mental health history noticed and asked someone else whether in fact I was well and what was going on,” explained Dr Toogood.

“The actual reason I was wearing odd socks was because I’d just bought a dog and it had mauled all the washing so they were the only two socks I had!”

The interaction was the catalyst for Dr Toogood to start Crazy Socks 4 Docs.

#CrazySocks4Docs Day Launch

When: Friday 1 June, 7.30am 

Where: Frankston Hospital Academic Centre or live on Periscope @PeninsulaHealth

Doctors and health professionals are invited to attend this special breakfast event. 

Hear from guest speakers including #CrazySocks4Docs Founder Dr Geoff Toogood, Member for Frankston and Men’s Health Ambassador Paul Edbrooke MP, Ambulance Victoria CEO Associate Professor Tony Walker and Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain, orthopaedic and trauma surgeon Miss Annette Holian. There will also be a special message from former AMA president Dr Mukesh Haolerwal and Mental Health Advocate Jessica Abbott. 

Join the campaign – #CrazySocks4Docs or follow @CrazySocks4Docs on Twitter.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

To contact Beyond Blue, please call 1300 22 4636 or visit beyondblue.org.au

For Peninsula Health’s Mental Health Triage Service, please call 1300 792 977.

Victorian Doctors Health Program 03 9280 8712

 

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For more information about Crazy Socks 4 Docs

Jessica Mills
External Communications Manager, Peninsula Health
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au