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You Okay, Doc?

Let's talk about Mental Health! Our mission is to change the perceptions of mental health for those working in the medical sector and to develop bespoke mental health support for doctors. We are committed to developing a body of research that supports evaluated the effect of the varying work environments on doctors’ mental health with a hope to change perceptions and breaks taboo. Welcome to our podcast. We hope you enjoy the range of topics and open discussions about doctors mental and physical wellbeing. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors. As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors. Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us. If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting. To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331, or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970. Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content. read less
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Bonus Episode - Dr Nicholas Andreou - The future of flexible working in the NHS
Jun 15 2022
Bonus Episode - Dr Nicholas Andreou - The future of flexible working in the NHS
In this bonus episode of the YODPOD, we speak to Dr Nicholas Andreou, who is the co-founder of Locum's Nest. Join us as we discuss:Dr Nicholas' journey as a doctor and what challenges inspired the idea behind Locum's NestThe challenges of building a start-up from the ground upThe importance of mental health and wellbeing for the medical community and how that is embedded into Locum's Nest missionHow healthcare professionals are using Locum's Nest and how flexible working is changing within the NHSThis podcast was hosted by YOD CEO Dr Dan Gearon and YOD Chief Psychotherapist Chris Cherry...................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Mental Health Advocacy in Medicine: Ft. Dr Alexander Lai, YOD Ambassador
May 29 2022
Mental Health Advocacy in Medicine: Ft. Dr Alexander Lai, YOD Ambassador
In this YODPOD, we get inspired by our conversation with YOD Ambassador, GP & Coach, Dr Alexander Lai. We discuss: Dr Alex's personal journey to becoming the mental health advocate for medics he is today - and all the changes he feels so passionately about making for NHS staffAn honest account of navigating a personal difficulty during GP training, his experience of accessing support through occupational health & more - and the personal anxieties of taking time out of trainingHis huge variety of mental health roles including for the Royal College of GPs, becoming a mental health carer,  founding The WorkWell Doctors , being part of the NHS Supports Choir - and of course being a hugely valued YOD ambassador! His encouragement for us all to CELEBRATE the amazing positives about working for the NHS🌈 and not just focus on the difficulties - including what our personal favourite things are The sad reality of bullying in the NHS & why we think it happens The importance of community and embedding peer support offerings like the YOD Huddle and reflection time after difficult moments into medic culture for all specialtiesThe value of reframing mindsets to see challenging moments as opportunities to grow and learn....and so much more!We were inspired by the overwhelming passion & energy Dr Alex brought to our conversation & his YOD ambassador role - and the positive difference he is already making for our profession. We are privileged and proud to call Dr Alex our YOD Ambassador.This podcast was:Hosted by YOD CEO Dr Dan Gearon and YOD Chief Psychotherapist Chris CherrySponsored by #firstrespondersfirst.  We are proud to partner with them to support doctors globally. ...................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Surviving to Thriving - How I overcame mental health stigma to seek support: Ft. Dr Stephanie Slater
May 16 2022
Surviving to Thriving - How I overcame mental health stigma to seek support: Ft. Dr Stephanie Slater
In this episode, we had the privilege of speaking to YOD Ambassador, Dr Stephanie Slater. We explore: Dr Stephanie's inspirational and honest account of her personal battle with depression & anxiety  - and how she transitioned from surviving to thriving Overcoming stigma about anti-depressants and practical advice about what to expectCelebrating Dr Alex George's 'Post The Pill' campaign to break down antidepressant stigma The huge value of therapy and her experience of talking therapy and CBT therapy The importance of being curious about yourself  - why you act and think the way you do - to help yourself grow and face situations better mentally equipped - as well as understanding how others act and think the way they doThe immeasurable damage of stigma & shame - as a doctor and beyondThe huge benefits of growing from adversity - including the ability to better connect and empathise as doctors with our patientsThe need to accept that life isn't perfect..and that's okay!The mental health 'must haves' in her personal routine...& so much more!During the show, Dr Stephanie recommended the following that helped her:'Attached' book by Dr Amir Levine'When Things Fall Apart' book by Pema Chodron'Lost Connections' book by Johann HariBrene Brown Ted Talk on 'The Power of Vulnerability'Team YOD feel so privileged, educated and enriched by this conversation and we know you all will too. Thank you Dr Stephanie. We are proud  to call you our YOD Ambassador! This podcast was:Hosted by YOD CEO, Dr Daniel Gearon and YOD Chief Psychotherapist, Chris CherrySponsored by #FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative of Thrive Global, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the CAA Foundation.  We are proud to partner with them to support doctors globally. ...................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Challenging Attitudes, Beliefs & Systems for Medics' Mental Health: ft. Former WHO Mental Health Director, Prof. Shekhar Saxena
May 1 2022
Challenging Attitudes, Beliefs & Systems for Medics' Mental Health: ft. Former WHO Mental Health Director, Prof. Shekhar Saxena
Brand new YODPOD episode with Prof. Shekhar Saxena: former WHO Mental Health Director & YOD Patron! Being one of the world's leading voices on mental health and a change-maker for medic mental health in the USA and beyond, we delve into what needs to be challenged across existing beliefs, attitudes and systems to improve the mental health of medical workers with Prof. Saxena. We explore: Challenging the belief that a healthcare worker’s job should be all encompassing, and if it isn’t then we have failed The next generation’s attitude of seeing healthcare as a job rather than a ‘calling’ resulting in healthier work/life boundariesExploring whether having a more personal and intimate connection to your job, like relationships, is the reason for experiencing higher feelings of guilt, judgement and criticism The need to shift the view of the responsibility of looking after our healthcare workers’ mental health from the individual to the organisationThe increased hostility of the public towards medics because of organisational limitations / failures – and the resentment that causesProfessor Shekhar’s global view of healthcare workers’ mental health and the countries which are performing best and worst, including why USA appears to be progressing faster than EuropeAn assessment of medic mental health solutions – including tech, community and education on talking about death  The importance of community – and how proud we are of the YOD community which support and empower each other The incredible work of #FirstRespondersFirst, which Prof. Shekhar is a leader of, their change-making partnership with YOD -  and the new ‘All In’ campaign.….and much more! Prof. Saxena is former WHO Mental Health Director, current Professor of Global Mental Health at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, #FirstRespondersFirst leda and much more. This episode was hosted by:Dr Daniel Gearon, CEO & Founder of YOD Chris Cherry, YOD Trustee & UKCP Psychotherapist ..and sponsored by:#FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative of Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global and the CAA Foundation- who we are privileged to partner with to support doctors' mental health globally. Don't forget, you can:Huddle with YOD every Wednesday - a free virtual psychotherapist-led peer support group for doctors Text YOD to 85258 for 24/7 confidential text support ...................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.Please note that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look f
Presenteeism, doing your best & how to stay mentally well in medicine with Prof Nick Glozier
Apr 5 2022
Presenteeism, doing your best & how to stay mentally well in medicine with Prof Nick Glozier
In this episode Chris Cherry & Dr Katrina Sheikh are joined by Professor Nick Glozier. Nick is  a consultant psychiatrist specialising in epidemiology, trials and health services research. He has a research interests in public mental health, function, sleep, the workplace, stress, disability and discrimination in our changing psychosocial and technological environments. In thirteen years since arriving in Australia he has been awarded over $60 million in nationally competitive grants as a Chief Investigator, and is a theme leader in the new ARC Life Course Centre of ExcellenceThis episode covers:👉 Bullying at work👉 Presenteeism in the medical profession 👉 Sick days as a doctor 👉 Consequences of graduate medical schools on mental health 👉 The traits of a doctor👉 Grumpy worker effect 👉 Decline in Mental ill health and the rise in mental health awareness 👉 The systemic changes required to support doctors mental health 👉 NGO's focus - what's your sphere of influence?  ...................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Doctors' Mental Health in the USA - Our Journey: Ft. J Corey Feist
Feb 9 2022
Doctors' Mental Health in the USA - Our Journey: Ft. J Corey Feist
We were privileged to host the inspirational J Corey Feist from all the way over in the USA. In loving memory of his sister-in law, New York doctor, Dr Lorna Breen.J. Corey Feist is:  Founder of the Dr Lorna Breen Heroes FoundationRecent CEO of the University of Virginia Physicians GroupTeacher of the course 'Managing in a Pandemic: The challenge of Covid-19'A lawyer and MBA holder We explore: The deeply sad story of Dr Lorna Breen, a New York physician, who tragically died by suicide in 2020. She had no prior mental health issues & no history of depression or suicide. Before her death, she spoke strongly about the intense shame and fear of stigma of being unable to cope with workplace pandemic demands, her fear of losing her licence because of getting mental health support & the loss of identity because of this. Out of the sadness, Lorna's sister & husband, our inspirational podcast guest - J. Corey Feist - decided to make a change for other healthcare workers - and founded the Dr Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation. They have made huge progress including creating the 'The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act' which passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives in 2021 which aims to reduce and prevent suicide and mental health problems among healthcare professionals.We compare doctors' mental health in the US  &the UK - to take learnings from each other about the practical steps needed to make positive change. Amongst other solutions was a clear passion for peer support to stop institutionalised stigma - noting the difference that each one of us can make to our colleague's wellbeing. Both of our organisations were founded on tragedy - from which we have sought to create light for others. This podcast was:Hosted by YOD CEO & co-founder, Dr Dan Gearon & YOD Psychotherapist, Chris Cherry Sponsored by #FirstRespondersFirst - who we are privileged to partner with to support doctors' mental health globally. ...................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Our Mental Health - Post Pandemic: Ft. the CEO of Mind charity, Paul Farmer
Feb 1 2022
Our Mental Health - Post Pandemic: Ft. the CEO of Mind charity, Paul Farmer
In this episode, Team YOD were privileged to speak to one of the leading voices in mental health today - the CEO of the Mind charity, Paul Farmer. We explore: Where society's mental health is today, drawn from Mind & YOD's experiences - & who the  vulnerable sections of society areThe huge increased demand for NHS mental health services resulting in a waiting list of 1.6m+ people The impact of this on GP demand & workloads - and how they can most effectively address this both in virtual & face-to-face consultations Why doctors still struggle to seek their own mental health support - incl. stigma, the archaic hierarchy, medical school training habits & the aura around doctors preventing them from being their true selvesThe pivotal role of organisations via leadership, visibility of mental health champions & tailored support - & the challenges for a vast & fragmented organisation like the NHSPost pandemic positives incl. greater curiosity & awareness of own mental health, reduced stigma & heightened sensitivity in looking out for others The need for innovation incl. the need to put prevention as a prioritThe current & future role of policy and government support in creating systematic changeA reflection on what is to come: the challenges of the huge fallout from the pandemic - alongside the opportunity to reshape our personal & organisational agendas to place mental health & wellbeing at the forefront, for which YOD is proud to drive forwards for doctorsThis episode is:Hosted by Dr Mark Seaman 👨‍⚕️, GP Trainee & YOD Trustee - & Chris Cherry 🍒, our resident psychotherapistSponsored by #FirstRespondersFirst - who we are privileged to partner with to support doctors' mental health globally. Please do give us a rating if you like what you hear to help us reach as many medics as possible. ....................................It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Associate Professor Elyse Park on resiliency & stress
Jan 20 2022
Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Associate Professor Elyse Park on resiliency & stress
In this episode YOD resident psychotherapist and founder Dr Dan Gearon are honoured to joined by Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) associate Professor of Psychiatry, Elyse Parks to discuss her expertise on resiliency and the effects of low level stress on the mind and physical health. ....................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
You Okay, Nurse? special edition: The mental health of Critical Care Nurses & how YON will help - ft. the BACCN & Drager
Jan 13 2022
You Okay, Nurse? special edition: The mental health of Critical Care Nurses & how YON will help - ft. the BACCN & Drager
Following the hugely exciting launch of You Okay, Nurse? , we were proud to come together with two truly inspirational change-makers for nurses in this honest insight into the mental health of Critical Care Nurses and how YON will help. We discuss: The need to swap the 'angel' persona with the reality of  who ICU nurses are; degree entry, highly specialised professionals The deeply saddening results of the BACCN research into ICU nurses' mental health during the pandemic exposing just how widespread and shocking it isExploring why Covid had such an impact on critical care nurses - including the inability to provide high patient care, depersonalisation due to PPE and ever changing teams, impossible demands and its all consuming nature  The current nurse staffing crisis and how to improve retention The reality of inconsistent support for nurses across NHS trusts vs the universal demand The positive changes we think need to happen to have real results for nurses' mental healthThe direct impact on improving patient care by improving nurses' wellbeing The future of YON & the role it will play to provide every nurse with:- One constant, caring & supportive community- Access to bespoke psychological support- Mental & emotional health tools & skills to face the unique challenges of our profession- A platform for nurses' voices- Empowerment to seek help when needed ..& much more :)Our guestsThis episode's guests represent Draeger and the British Association of Critical Care Nursing who have been pivotal supporters and partners in the creation of You Okay, Nurse? Lesley Youren is Leader of the Hospital Marketing Team & Respiratory Care Manager at Draeger - the international leader in the field of medical & safety technology. Being a former critical care nurse herself, Lesley is driven to create positive change for nurses and someone who has personally inspired YON and YOD from the outset. Nicki Credland is Chair of the British Association of Critical Care Nursing (BACCN) - one of the leading organisations in critical care nursing, sits on the UK Critical Care Leadership Forum and UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance amongst other influential positions - & has a huge passion for empowering nurses' voices.This episode is hosted by Dr Dan Gearon, founder of You Okay, Nurse? & You Okay, Doc? - and Chris Cherry, our resident psychotherapist.  You Okay, Nurse? is proud & privileged to join forces with Draeger and the BACCN for this YON Podcast series and to create positive change for nurses' mental health & wellbeing together. Join our virtual weekly peer-support for nurses You Okay, Nurse?, supported by Draeger and the BACCN, is hosting 'The Huddle' for nurses every Thursday at 8pm from 13 January - 8 March. The Huddle is a free, confidential and safe virtual space for nurses to come together & share experiences, facilitated by a psychotherapist. To register and find out more, please visit:www.youokaynurse.org.uk....................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Nurse? is an initiative of You Okay, Doc? (www.youokaydoc.org.uk) - a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.
Healthcare systems and supporting workers' wellbeing: Ft. Dame Clare Gerada
Dec 14 2021
Healthcare systems and supporting workers' wellbeing: Ft. Dame Clare Gerada
Team YOD were privileged to come together with the brilliant Dame Clare Gerada -  who shares so many of YOD's values and aims. Dame Gerada is a GP, President of the Royal College of Practitioners, Founder & Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health, Chair of Doctors In Distress, author of 'Beneath The White Coat' & a life-long advocate for supporting doctors' mental health.NHS Practitioner Health & Doctors In Distress sadly share the same catalyst for creation as YOD - being tragedy as a result of doctors' mental health 💔 - but also a deep passion for making a meaningful difference for doctors lives. Together, we identify common mental health struggles amongst doctors, often kept hidden  - including a deep anxiety, lack of belonging, self blame & training that teaches you to hide emotions.We discuss the need to develop a sense of belonging between doctors - often lost through rotations and team changes.Dame Clare shares her views on which global healthcare system does best for doctors' emotional and mental health - and why. She tells us what changes need to happen to improve the institutional NHS problems she sees as responsible for causing doctors' mental health problems. And, despite the tough times, she speaks passionately about her joy from being a doctor and the commonality amongst doctors with this."We love caring for patients and we love bringing about change" This podcast episode is sponsored by #FirstRespondersFirst in the 🇺🇸. We are privileged & proud to partner with them to support doctors' mental health globally. Find our more about the brilliant work they do here:https://thriveglobal.com/categories/first-responders-first/....................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Suicide in Doctors - In loving memory of Dr Liz Sizer
Dec 1 2021
Suicide in Doctors - In loving memory of Dr Liz Sizer
Suicide in Doctors  - A deeply moving and powerful YODPod episode. That is all we can say. Dr Elizabeth Sizer tragically died by suicide in 2016. She was a loving cousin to Dr Dan Gearon, our YOD CEO & Founder - and devoted sister to Kate, our inspirational podcast guest.You Okay, Doc? was created in loving memory of Dr Liz Sizer.Heartbreakingly, it is reported that a doctor takes their own life every 3 weeks in the UK - and that was before the pandemic. Our charity exists to try to ensure no doctor ever needs to feel like that again. Kate speaks so powerfully in this episode about her sister's mental health, the impact she feels that being a doctor had on that and what more could have been done. Reasons such as an inability to speak out, all-encompassing burnout  & learning to keep your emotions inside as 'part of the job' until it's too late - are uncomfortably familiar to us all.Hosted by our brilliant Founding Ambassador Dr Katrina - who too speaks so honestly about her she overcame her own struggles - in a way that you can't help but be inspired to feel empowered to do the same. The power of community for doctors is spoken about often in this episode - endorsing Prof. Greenberg's statement that resilience is built between individuals not within. You Okay, Doc? is so proud of the community it's creating where every doctor can always feel safe, supported and valued. Amongst the words of intense pain in this episode there is also hope - & a belief that we all have the power to make a change and be there for each other. YODPod Psychotherapist, Chris Cherry, expertly draws insights and conclusions from this conversation that we hope will help all that listen help themselves and those around.Thank you to all that took part in this deeply powerful and moving conversation.This podcast is sponsored by #FirstRespondersFirst. We are privileged and proud to partner with them to support doctors' mental health across the globe. ....................................If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
The GP Life and Wellbeing Tips: Ft. Dr Punam Krishan and Dr Mike Banna
Nov 23 2021
The GP Life and Wellbeing Tips: Ft. Dr Punam Krishan and Dr Mike Banna
Welcome to the first episode of our new YODPod Series! We start the series with two INCREDIBLE guests discussing 'The GP Life and Wellbeing Tips'... 👨‍⚕️ Dr Mike Banna: GP & Director of British Society of Lifestyle Medicine👩‍⚕️ Dr Punam Krishan: GP, Senior Clinical Lecturer at Glasgow University & Media DoctorHosted by YOD co-founders - Psychotherapist Chris Cherry 🍒 & Dr Dan - together with our brilliant YOD Founding Ambassador & GP, Dr Tesh. We delve deep into the realities of being a GP in current times, both professionally and personally, including: 🌈 Why these each chose the GP life🌈 How their role has changed since the pandemic - and how that has impacted them mentally 🌈 The GP highs of relationship building, human connections and being part of people's stories. 🌈 How they each have internally dealt with the media backlash against GPs and negative public opinion - and the downside of the 'hero' persona 🌈 Their personal practical strategies for keeping wellbeing high as a GP, amongst the 'ebbs and flows' 🌈 The power of therapy Each speaks so honestly and powerfully about their own story -  allowing us to genuinely appreciate and learn from their personal experiences and recommendations to improve our own wellbeing during the inevitable highs and lows of doctor life. We hope you like listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible.....................................It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.
Looking after Ourselves, Like We Do Our Patients: With GP Dr Tesh
Sep 23 2021
Looking after Ourselves, Like We Do Our Patients: With GP Dr Tesh
Welcome to this week's YODPOD with our very own YOD ambassador, Dr Tesh Amarasinghe!We are excited for you to listen to the brilliant and honest insights of Dr Tesh in conversation with YODPOD hosts Dr Dan Gearon, Dr Mark Seaman & YOD Psychotherapist, Chris Cherry.  Dr Tesh is a GP in Chelsea with a strong passion for improving doctors' life and a proud & valued ambassador for YOD.Together, we explore a whole host of issues relevant to our medic lives, including:The historic need for doctors to normalise talking about mental health - and how YOD's weekly Huddles (which Dr Tesh is a regular at and advocate for) is achieving thatWhy doctors are so bad at looking after themselves, whilst being experts at looking after everyone else - and how that compares to other high pressure industries such as sportDr Tesh's advice for keeping mental health & wellbeing simple, the power of small steps, her favourite Buddhist teacher & how she prefers mindfulness done in a playful way! An honest discussion about the sexualisation of women in the medical profession - and how being part of YOD has opened eyes to how common it sadly is The need for more doctors to be better people managers - to help build a more supportive, mentally fit profession of the future ....and much more!We hope you like listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it. If you like what you hear, please do give us a rating to help us reach as many people as possible. ....................................It is worth noting that this is a conversational piece and the opinions and views are of those in this discussion in its own context at that time of the recording. You Okay, Doc? is a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of doctors.  Throughout our podcasts, we discuss issues affecting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing that at times some may find upsetting, if you find yourself affected by these please seek professional help.As a charity, we need your help to keep going and develop to support and raise awareness of mental health for Doctors.  Please check out our website https://youokaydoc.org.uk/ and our Instagram page to find out more and stay up to date with us.  If you would like, you can also text donate to support the You Okay, Doc? charity by texting.  To donate £3 text 'DOCTOR' to 70331,  or to donate £5 text 'DOCTOR' to 70970.  Thank you for listening and we look forward to creating more content.   See you on the next YOD pod.