MIND over Matter: Mental Health in Medical School

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 27% of medical students have depression or show depressive symptoms — ONE-THIRD of medical students — and 11% have suicidal tendencies. In addition, medical students are 5 times more likely to experience depression compared to the general population. But guess what? Only 16% of medical students were shown to seek help from a professional when they felt depressed. There’s a big problem here.

Mental health is not taken seriously enough in the medical career. Though the JAMA study was only recently published, this is not ‘new’ news. Medical student’s are “supposed” to be tired. We’re “supposed” to be worn out. But by who’s standards? Anxiety, chronic stress, and depression are well-known inhibitors of learning. So why should they be welcomed into one of the most intensive learning environments that is medical school?

Let’s stand up for ourselves. Let’s open up discussion for “taboo” or difficult mental health topics. And let’s create a culture of self-love, acceptance, and safety. Because medical school is hard, and the only way to keep standing is to lean on one another when we need a break.

“MIND is a student-developed and student-driven organization dedicated to advocating for mental, emotional, and physical health promotion of medical students at UNTHSC TCOM. Awareness of, dedication to, and support of holistic health is the key motivation for the development of the group. The Mentality Initiative to Nurture Doctors aims to make mental health support a core standard for medical students.” -MIND mission statement

P.S. Shout out to my wonderful team of MIND committee members. You all have hearts of gold and are filled with crazy cool ideas — I love y’all.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. You are so right, support is so important! Medical school is tough and there is a lot of pressure on the students. I love this cause!


  2. Sona Jain says:

    This is so inspiring. So glad to see students getting involved with such initiatives as well. It brings the right value system and appreciation for humanity.


  3. Karen Morse says:

    I love your advocacy, very little pay attention to mental health and few would seek for help or advice. It’s important that we try to spread the message that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re not feeling “good” about yourself or your life.


    1. Nicolet says:

      Thank you! And yes yes! It’s so very important. I’m glad more and more people are coming to realize that.


  4. Amanda Love says:

    This is such a good cause and I admire your for taking action. It’s not easy to deal with mental illness and it’s such a shame that people wouldn’t take it seriously. I hope that this helps those who are suffering from it.


    1. Nicolet says:

      I agree that it is so so important! Thanks for reading 🙂


  5. theclutterboxblog says:

    What a great cause! Mental health is so important and we really do need to work towards creating a culture of self-love, acceptance, and safety.


  6. Amber Nelson says:

    This is a great post! Mind over matter sounds like an awesome concept! I can not even imagine the stress of medical school!


  7. Health, mental or physical, comes first. Everything else is secondary


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