Journey from burnout to empowered

I love the power of art to convey important ideas, that transcend barriers of culture, ethnicity, age or education. This bronzed statue, named so aptly Fearless Girl , sits on Wall Street as a message to encourage companies to recruit more women to higher visibility positions. The plaque below it reads; “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference” πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

It got me thinking about the journey to feeling braver and empowered – and the barriers to it. In my conversations with women and men so far, stress and burnout appear be highly prevalent and a constant battle to overcome.

Today I had the pleasure to touch base with Dr Mark Toon of Cardiff University. His recent research on stress, burnout and well being in UK dentists was published earlier this month in the BDJ, with another installment due in the next few weeks. It confirmed high levels of stress and burnout were associated with poorer health and suicidal thoughts. A whopping 10% of respondents had thoughts about committing suicide in the last 12 months! Higher then the 5% of the general population in the UK. What was also very interesting about our conversation was the mutual aggreement that aside from interventions at a individual level, we also need our working environment to improve.

On that note, I’ve contacted Dr John Milne from the CQC to discuss this further. Wouldn’t it be awesome to feel more mentally supported at work? Is that possible? Let’s see πŸ™πŸΎ

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