Crazy Socks for mental health awareness

Today bright and colourful socks were out in full force across the Network. The striking fashion statement of the day is to show support and help raise awareness of an important topic. 

#CrazySocks4Docs day is a campaign to help ignite conversations around wellbeing, mental health, depression and anxiety amongst doctors. The campaign first began in 2017 and was led by cardiologist, Dr Geoff Toogood, who experienced both depression and anxiety, throughout his career. Three years later, the campaign has successfully hit the ground running with healthcare workers enthusiastically embracing the day to help spark the conversation. 

"A little laugh can go a long way to improving someone’s mental health. But having a honest conversation goes even further, and we hope that a bright comfy pair of socks makes us all comfortable enough to have difficult and honest conversations," said Dr Duncan Nass, Chief Resident Medical Officer at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. 

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"Given our roles can be demanding at times, I think days like today are a great reminder for us to make sure we are taking care of ourselves first and foremost to enable us to continue providing the best care for the patients and their families," Dr Ashfaque Quadir, Chief Resident Medical Officer at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. 

Getting involved in #CrazySocks4Docs day is easy and everyone is invited to take part.

STEP 1 – Wear Crazy Socks

Wear your loudest, brightest, craziest pair of socks

STEP 2 - Take a photo

Spread the word: post to social media using hashtag #CrazySocks4Docs

STEP 3 - Start the conversation

Remember lives lost; encourage staff to care for one another and to seek support. Help raise awareness about mental health and reshape our culture.

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is help available:

  • Speak to your GP
  • Speak to your manager
  • Mental Health Hotline (24 hr) 1800 011 511
  • Employee Assistance Program 1800 337 068
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Men’s Help 1300 78 99 78
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
  • Lifeline 13 11 14