Crazy socks spread an important message

On your way to work today or perhaps through the corridors around the hospitals, you may have seen bright and colourful socks peeping through. These crazy socks represent a very important message and reminder.

Today, Friday 4 June, staff across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network are wearing their loudest, colourful and fun socks to work to celebrate #CrazySocks4Docs day to promote the importance of mental health and self-care in healthcare. 

The campaign was founded by Melbourne cardiologist, Dr Geoff Toogood, after his own battle with mental illness. The crazy sock motif stemmed from a conversation between two people who knew of Dr Toogood’s mental health history and were concerned when he turned up to work wearing odd socks. The odd socks were simply a result of Dr Toogood’s dog mauling his washing, but it started a conversation that needed to happen. 

"#CrazySock4Docs Day is about raising awareness of the mental health of all doctors and health care providers. The aims of the day are all about normalising the conversation around mental health and creating a safe place to do it," said Dr Prudence Harrison, Chief Resident Medical Officer at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. 

Dr Cassandra Brown, Chief Resident Medical Officer at The Children's Hospital at Westmead echoed these sentiments. 

“It is such an important event for all of us as healthcare professionals to remember that at times we all struggle and express this struggle in different ways but, being kind and starting a conversation with your friends and colleagues can make the world of difference to them and to you,” said Dr Brown.

 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 manager
  • Speak to your GP
  • Lifeline:  13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue:  1300 22 4636
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): accesseap.com.au
  • Doctors Health Advisory Services: dhas.org.au
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Men’s Help 1300 78 99 78