The mind matters

Young healthcare practitioners and mental health – an issue of substantial proportion

Tomorrow’s future healthcare professionals represent a group who have a high risk of poor mental health. Research conducted by Headspace and the National Union of Students in 2016 found that 63% of those interviewed reported very high levels of psychological distress and only 1.6% reported no symptoms of mental health problems impacted their study in that year.1

It is evident that the early stages of a career can be unrealistically demanding. High expectations are placed on healthcare students throughout their study to excel with the end result producing happy and knowledgeable practitioners. Healthcare students are subject to an ever-increasing academic demand and balancing both study and a social life can prove challenging. This can lead to sacrifices to their wellbeing and sleep, routine and diet can be impacted. Outside of the classroom, healthcare students face the stresses associated with the intensity of a clinical setting. 

Students in clinical rotations must take on professional responsibility and the concerns that errors can have consequences. There are many factors that can influence an individual’s health and wellbeing such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, finances, relationships and career. It is therefore imperative to recognise the unique pressures faced by healthcare students and professionals and find ways to arm them with the appropriate tools.

It is important to take active steps to look after your wellbeing and to put your mental health first. The idea of prioritising your mental health is one that is often neglected. 

 1 National Tertiary Students wellbeing survey 

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