A New Look for the Doctors’ Support Network (DSN)
The Doctors’ Support Network (DSN), a peer support organisation for doctors with mental health problems, recently revamped their look and website to celebrate their 20th birthday.
Established in 1996 by Dr Liz Miller and Dr Soames Michelson, the network has a confidential online support forum, local meetings and an annual AGM and conference. DSN is invited to contribute to relevant consultations such as the current GMC review led by Professor Louis Appleby on the GMC’s ‘Fitness to Practice’ process.
In addition to their new look, they’ve joined Twitter on @DocSuppNet to widen their reach for doctors in need of support whilst raising awareness of common mental health problems that doctors face. One of their latest tweets urges Dr. Phil Hammond, their patron, to make use of his 39,000 followers and help spread the word!
DSN states that they are currently planning its AGM and conference to take place in London in September this year featuring sessions such as how to address ill health related career gaps in your CV. They are also planning to shortly announce an exciting project to reduce the stigma of mental health problems in doctors, so keep tuned!
If you’re interested in learning more about the DSN Anti Stigma Campaign (#AndMe), be sure to follow the link!