How can brightly colored socks fight the stigma of mental health? One design at a time. Dr. Eric Levi and Dr. Geoff Toogood of Australia co-founded #CrazySocks4Docs, a social media campaign that asked medical professionals everywhere to wear and share their crazy socks on June 1.
Bring out your #crazysocks4docs mental health ... Dr @gdtoogood writes in #MJAInSight ... "This is a profession that has, so often, failed to look after its own." https://t.co/5ci6ItJH7O pic.twitter.com/e4Fx4JTALB— MJA (@theMJA) May 30, 2018
What started as a movement in Australia has now gone global, with participants tweeting in from around the world, showing their support and sneak peeks of their socks.
As #crazysocks4docs roll in around the world, remember that this tipping point today is reached because there are many who have worked hard quietly in this arena for many years: psychiatrists, counsellors, policy makers, families of those who suffered, etc. Let’s honour them. pic.twitter.com/I9xIlqL8uS— Dr Eric Levi FRACS (@DrEricLevi) May 30, 2018
It’s a movement started by @gdtoogood in Australia and is becoming a global stance that our medical profession has to face - the personal and professional costs of physicians feeling they need to hide their suffering has to end. Our lives depend on it. 4/4#crazysocks4docs pic.twitter.com/RW5AABLttX— Docs for Docs ____ (@docs4docs) May 29, 2018
Wow world!— Sue Reid ____ (@susanjeanreid) May 31, 2018
Look at all these institutions supporting physician mental health on June 1.
Whether it's the original #CrazySocks4Docs or #Socks4Docs or #FunkySocks4Docs it's all the same.
Reaching out, asking "How are you, really?"
And supporting our students, residents and staff. https://t.co/5bTrlmTh2W
Doctors and other health workers are at greater risk of mental illness and stress-related problems. Doctors around the world will wear #CrazySocks4Docs this Friday to raise awareness of doctors' mental health and remember colleagues we've lost. @yourAMSA med students are keen! pic.twitter.com/e7vk3nFbpx— AMA Media (@ama_media) May 29, 2018
For some, the topic hits close to home.
But it’s an issue that affects everyone, from MDs to students.
Wear your crazy socks — or other crazy clothes — to help support mental health in those that heal.
I am looking forward to celebrating #crazysocks4docs Day with a presentation at St George Hospital on Thursday morning. As I don't wear socks, I have special dispensation from @gdtoogood to go with crazy tights.— Fiona Davies (@FionaDavies8) May 29, 2018
Check out the hashtag #CrazySocks4Docs, #FunkySocks4Docs and #Socks4Docs June 1 for more crazy footwear and support.