Here at the LTF we are proud of the work we do supporting doctors at risk of suicide and promoting mental wellbeing within the medical profession generally. Never has this been more important than it is today, which is why we want to be able to do even more. But we need your help to allow us to do so. Here are three quick and easy ways you can do so….
1. Shop with Amazon Smile
Register as a supporter of the LTF with Amazon Smile and every time you shop on Amazon we receive a proportion of the order value – at no cost to you! Once you’ve registered all you need to do is to bookmark the Amazon Smile page and change the settings on your mobile Amazon app to activate your Smile preferences. Just follow the link below to get started.
Purchase ‘Just Carry on Breathing’ Louise’s husband’s raw and touching account of surviving her suicide – half of the royalties are donated to the Foundation (and the remainder to WAY Widowed and Young)
The LTF, in conjunction with The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM),
has today launched a report which provides a framework to support primary care
organisations following the death by suicide of a colleague.
Written by Professor Gail Kinman, Birkbeck, University of London and Dr Rebecca Torry, an experienced GP and trustee of The LTF, the report draws on interviews
with people working in GP practices who have personal experiences of a death by suicide
within their team. It includes a review of best practice from other bodies and provides
suicide ‘postvention guidelines’ in the form of useful practical advice. It’s recommendations include includes proposals for timely and appropriate support to be
put in place to help people and organisations recover.
Dr Alex Freeman, General Practitioner and Chair of the LTF said:
“Death by suicide is thankfully an uncommon event in General Practice – but what happens
when it is one of your own? How do individuals and practices cope, and what support should
be available to help them through the difficult time following the death by suicide of a member
of the practice team? Building on the experiences of individuals who have been through
this devastating scenario, this new report describes the difficulties faced and presents a
framework of actions. It highlights a number of challenges for those diverse organisations who
commission, represent and support practices, and who should be in a position to assist, for
both the short and long term. These challenges must be addressed.”
You can now support the work of the LTF every time you shop online with Amazon. We have joined the Amazon Smile programme which means that you can nominate the charity to receive a donation from Amazon each time you make a purchase – at no extra cost to yourself. Just click on the link below to nominate the LTF as your beneficiary charity – and remember to use the smile.amazon.co.uk address, or the Amazon Smile app when you shop in future.
The Louise Tebboth Foundation was established specifically to support the mental wellbeing of doctors. Never can there have been a time when this is more necessary than during the current crisis as staff across the NHS find themselves working under unprecedented pressure and in the most stressful of circumstances in order to save the lives of our loved ones.
We are therefore pleased to have been able to made a donation of £500 to the Intensive Care Society to help them provide mental health and well being support to the staff working on the front line in intensive care. Dr Alex Freeman, the Chair of the LTF said:
This is an incredibly challenging time for front line staff in the NHS and in other essential services. We at the Louse Tebboth Foundation, and in keeping with our mission to focus on the mental wellbeing of the profession, have decided to make a donation from our funds to the Intensive Care Society in order to help and support their work, particularly in the area of staff wellbeing, and in recognition of the professionally and emotionally difficult tasks all those currently working in ICUs are undertaking with the most critically ill of patients.
Would you like to have a fun day by the lovely River Thames and at the same time help the LTF raise vital funds to allow us to continue to support the mental wellbeing of doctors, particularly those at risk of suicide? If so, we need volunteers to help us enter a boat in the annual Dragon Boat Regatta at Kingston Upon Thames, SW London on Sunday 19th July. No experience of rowing or dragon boats is required, nor is any particular level of physical fitness – its a great opportunity to have some fun rowing a few short races (none of which are very strenuous) and spending the rest of the day socialising with the rest of the team on the riverbank. Much food is usually consumed! All you have to offer in return is a commitment to raise sponsorship for your efforts from family and friends (we will cover the team entry fee). If you are interested in joining us please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
(nb Apologies but the Dragon Boat Regatta has now been cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency. Look out for details of next years event when we will again be looking to raise a boat)
This Christmas why not show your support for the LTF by sending e-cards and donating to us the money saved on traditional cards and postage? Just go to Dontsendmeacard to send e-cards in just a few easy clicks. You’ll be able to save time and reduce your carbon footprint while also enabling us to continue our promotion of mental wellbeing within the medical profession and funding of projects which support doctors at risk of suicide.
Today we are marking World Mental Health Day and particularly its focus on suicide prevention. We have joined together with the Society of Occupational Medicine and other partners to highlight again the importance of mental well being and effective suicide prevention strategies amongst doctors and in the healthcare profession more generally.
During the course of 2018 the LTF has provided grants totalling nearly £20,000 towards projects and activities which support the prevention of suicide amongst doctors and promote mental wellbeing within the medical profession. This Christmas we are asking you to consider a donation which will help us continue this much needed work into 2019. This might be the equivalent of the value of the gift you would have given to a relative, friend or colleague who is sadly no longer with us, a sum in lieu of buying Christmas cards or even the charitable donation for wearing that Christmas jumper at work. Whatever you can afford is welcome.
It’s simple to donate – just click on the link below and choose the amount you would like to give. We will ensure it is used to make a real difference to the lives of doctors struggling with mental health issues.
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A new study commissioned and funded by the Louise Tebboth Foundation has revealed that UK doctors are at greater risk of work-related stress, burnout and depression and anxiety than the general population. The incidence of suicide, especially among women doctors and for GPs and trainees, is also comparatively high.
The report, entitled ‘What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors?’ and published in conjunction with the Society for Occupational Medicine, finds that the incidence of mental health problems among doctors is increasing alongside the growing demands and diminishing resources experienced in the healthcare sector. GPs, trainee and junior doctors appear to be particularly vulnerable, experiencing distress and burnout early in their career. The stigma associated with disclosing mental health problems and ‘a failure to cope’ revealed in the report mean that many doctors are reluctant to seek help as they fear sanctions and even job loss.
The report, carried out by Professor Gail Kinman of the University of Bedfordshire and Dr Kevin Teoh of Birkbeck University of London, reviewed research on the mental health of doctors, the factors that increased the risk of poor mental health, and the implications for their own wellbeing and that of their patients. Professor Kinman commented: “The findings of our report are alarming. The poor mental health evident among UK doctors and the implications for themselves and their patients should be of grave concern to all healthcare stakeholders. Action is urgently required to address a working environment that can be toxic to health.” Dr Teoh added: “It is crucial to provide doctors with more support from recruitment to retirement and develop a culture that challenges the mental health stigma and encourages help seeking.”
Dr Alex Freeman, the LTF Chair, said: “This report should be of interest to policy makers, employers, and others who have a responsibility for doctors’ mental health. Whilst initiatives to treat and support doctors who are struggling are to be welcomed, what is needed is to develop a healthy working environment. Prevention should be taken seriously, at all stages of a doctor’s career. The level of suicide in the profession is of major concern, and support for the bereaved workplace affected by such suicides is lacking. The concerns identified in the report must be taken seriously.
For this reason we welcome the announcement made yesterday by NHS chief Simon Stevens that there will be national funding for a new mental health support scheme which will cover all doctors working in the NHS. The scheme will cover approximately 110,000 more doctors in addition to those already supported.