How Crazy Are Your Socks? Take Part In #CrazySocks4Docs To Fight Mental Health Stigma

Source: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The first Friday in June (7 June 2019) marks the third #CrazySocks4Docs day which is all about raising awareness of the mental health of all doctors and health practitioners around the world.

The day first started when cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood had no choice but to wear odd coloured socks to work after his new puppy had terrorised his sock drawer. Expecting a normal shift, he was shocked to hear wearing the socks had caused colleagues to talk behind his back with concerns he had slipped into another bad bout of depression.

Not satisfied with how the conversation around mental health was being treated like this, he made Crazy Socks 4 Docs a thing to combat the stigma and let it be known that it’s OK for health professionals to not be OK.

Dr Geoff Toogood receives a pair of socks from a patient Source: Twitter @gdtoogood

Want to get involved? Here’s 3 easy steps:


Find some really, crazy-coloured socks and put them on.


Take a photo of those socks or you in those socks.


Post the photo on social media with the hashtags #crazysocks4docs #socks4docs and start the conversation, start the advocacy and start the action.

When the first #CrazySocks4Docs day happened in 2017, at least two doctors have mentioned the campaign triggered them to finally seek help. Whether mental health affects you directly or not, this day is an opportunity to be supportive of the entire community and those close to you.

As Dr Toogood told RACP Quarterly, two of the most incredibly important factors in combating mental health is to have a GP you can trust and to ensure your support networks of friends and colleagues are there for you.

And if you can’t find a pair in time for tomorrow or uniform policy gets in your way, you can still post your socks on any day! One of the most important things about raising awareness for mental health issues is to keep the conversation going. 

And remember, there is always help available:
Lifeline:  13 11 14
Beyond Blue:  1300 22 4636
Doctors Health Advisory Services


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