Socks draw attention


Best foot forward: Showing off their crazy socks at The Bays Hospital are clinical educator Brionhy Westbrook, registered nurse Kayla Cheasley, ICU consultant Mark Savage, ICU nurse unit manager Amy Brown and critical care registered nurse Glenn Coghill. Picture: Gary Sissons

STAFF and doctors at The Bays Hospital in Mornington wore their crazy socks “loudly and proudly” on Friday 5 June.

The aim of the colourful display was to bring attention to the challenges faced by doctors and the disproportionately high suicide rates in the medical profession.

Cardiologist Dr Geoffrey Toogood, a long-time advocate for mental health, came up with the idea of Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day to raise awareness of mental health problems among health professionals.

Dr Mark Savage, of the hospital’s intensive care unit, said: “As members of a caring profession, healthcare professionals strive to provide the very best care for our patients [but] we are not always so good at caring for ourselves and our colleagues, particularly when facing mental health challenges in life.

“Campaigns like Crazy Socks 4 Docs are essential to raising awareness of mental health issues as they affect health care workers, continuing the conversation and saving lives.”

First published in the Mornington News – 9 June 2020


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