health workforce

I just watched the The Red Pill. Didn’t exacty change any of my opinions since I already knew about many of the problems that men face and agree that something should be done about them instead of just demonizing men.

There was also a clip inserted of infant circumcision, because she said something along the lines of “all I had to do was watch a 5 minute medical video” in regards to why she is against circumcision. That….I don’t know how anyone could see that and think “yeah this is okay.” Infact, I was disgusted and upset and had to look away.

They also mentioned a lot of other problems like custody, domestic violence, suicide and mental health, death in the workforce, ect.

So if you think that in this world that men never have any problems I would give this movie a watch. (Though I won’t blame you if you want to close your eyes for the clip of the circumcision)
I'm sorry, I can't face being a doctor any more
My family and I won’t survive the junior doctor contract financially or personally – I’m giving up

I thought about whether to post this here. I try to be positive about medicine, because there is much to love about it; it is an amazing opportunity. I don’t want to scare off those of you who still have hope. Each generation can make a difference.  However, there are real problems which jeopardise the commitment people have to their calling.

The most demoralising part of medicine for me is how hard it hits colleagues. When you see so many talented, dedicated people for whom medicine is a calling question if they can do it or feel like they must leave, it is heartbreaking.

I find the most frustrating comments to articles about medicine to be the ones questioning people’s sense of vocation. Because many of the people commenting might never know the heartbreak of having something you are passionate about ripped away from you. It is visceral.  When people feel they can’t do the job they love because it makes them mentally or physically unwell, the decision to walk away is NOT easy.

When people leave the job they gave blood, sweat and tears to, for DECADES, because the system has become so twisted that the dream job has become a nightmare, it is NOT their fault. It does not make them a worse person, and it doesn’t mean that they didn’t (or don’t) care about the job.

A vocation is about passion. It is about doing something you love, because although it is difficult, you feel fulfilled and alive doing it. It is not about being a martyr; suffering should not be an integral part of following your calling.  There is nothing glamorous or noble about being trampled on by employers or forced into unsafe conditions. In most sectors, workers are encouraged to assert themselves and demand to be treated fairly and paid what they are worth. They are told that if they work hard and demonstrate their value, this will be recognised. Yet, when it comes to workers in the public sector, many  comments focus on how ‘cuts have to be made’ or ‘workers in X sector have it bad, so you should too!’ and that ‘they shouldn’t be in it for the money’.

Public sector workers, in particular, are held to a completely different moral standard than the rest of society, and that is unfair. We have as much right to be happy. As much right to be paid fairly. As much right to safe and humane working conditions. As much right to our concerns for our wellbeing being respected.

Staying in a job that makes you miserable, which does not treat you fairly, or doesn’t pay enough for you to be able to keep doing that job, is against your intersts and should be against your self-preservation instincts. Each person deserves to be happy, and that includes working in an environment which allows this. You are not weak for looking to be treated well.

For many of us, walking away is so hard, precisely because medicine was their calling. They were prepared to do so much, and they did so much, to do the job they loved. But it wasn’t enough. They left because the ache of leaving the job they were passionate about was less painful than the constant agony of being trapped in an environment which turned the job they love into a weapon against their wellbeing.

Friends, I salute every one of you. Every one of us who considers leaving, or leaves because it becomes unbearable to stay. You are stronger than many people will ever know; don’t let anyone tell you that you weren’t dedicated enough. Whoever you are, and whatever you are facing, I’m proud of you.

26/4/2017: Princess Muna, patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and president of the Jordan Nursing Council, presented Health Minister Mahmoud Sheyyab with  the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth report and the resulting five-year-plan.

The event was preceded by a policy-oriented roundtable titled “Working for health and growth investing in the health workforce”. The princess also attended a ceremony at the Princess Muna Nursing College for the 18th class of the college’s graduates. (Source: Jordan Times)

gr8ervibes  asked:

As a senior in college who is pursuing the metal health counseling field what is your opinion on how the mental health field will look in five years and on?

Wow! This is great to hear as the need to increase our mental health workforce with counselors, social workers, peers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and nurses is critical to the behavioral health of the nation. Behavioral health is one of the fastest growing job markets in the country, according to the Department of Labor, the projected growth for all behavioral health professions is at 22% and the projected growth for Mental Health Counselors specifically is 20% by 2024. This is due to a broad number of factors to include the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), increases in individuals who have insurance coverage for behavioral health conditions, an improvement in screening and identification earlier in the onset of these disorders, and an increasing trend in full integration of mental and substance use disorder screening, assessment and treatment in primary care.  For more information on the behavioral health workforce and activities that the federal government is engaged in, please visit SAMHSA at and HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce at

I hope you continue on your career path in the mental health field and join the ranks of those who contribute their talents and skills in providing recovery oriented, evidenced based and effective treatment to support those in need to achieve whole health wellness and recovery. Currently and in the years to come the focus on reducing the mortality gap for people with mental and substance use conditions is critical. Focusing on overall health and wellness through things like the Eight Dimension of Wellness and continued focus on impacting recovery oriented practices  will also facilitate the how the workforce supports the recovery of people with mental and substance use disorders. You can learn more about recovery and how it pertains to your current and future studies and work here:

I believe the mental health and counseling field is on the verge of great change. Because of social media platforms and the widespread use of digital technology, human beings are leaving digital signals about their behavior that were never available before. The most innovative people in mental health are looking at ways to understand and use this information to help the public with mental health on a scale we could not have even imagined, before.

Many counseling services still follow traditional “talk therapy” models, originally innovated by Freud. These services are certainly effective, but they don’t scale to meet the level of public need.

My prediction is that, in the fields of counseling, and mental health, there will be the most growth and innovation at the places where these fields intersect with technology, media, and data science (especially Natural Language Processing).

The power of big data to transform mental health has recently been recognized in some of our best universities (like MIT, Harvard, or Johns Hopkins), and even in the White House Office of Science and Technology. Data scientists have been reaching out to mental heath experts to collaborate on projects to generate large data sets about mental health for ground breaking research that was not possible even a few years ago. One great project is Our Data Helps, a platform that allows people to donate their social media data for mental health research:

This is a really exciting time in mental health and counseling, where technology and data science is accelerating innovation. My best advice for students wanting to prepare for the future is to look for opportunities for collaborating with professionals in these fields. Stay curious, learn the “language” to talk to people in these different fields, and build the skills to collaborate on projects with people from other professions.