Full members of DSN are encouraged to take part in our confidential, online support forums or regional meetings. The forums and meetings provide a safe place for informal peer advice
and support on health or professional issues.
DSN members and associates are warmly invited to get involved in the campaigning side of our work.
If you think the way in which doctors with mental health problems are treated - as patients or colleagues - could be better, join DSN and campaign for progress.
This is not about creating a 'Rolls-Royce' service for doctors but about removing some of the barriers which currently exist preventing unwell doctors from receiving timely and effective treatment. In addition, by campaigning for better attitudes within the medical profession towards mental health, this will improve mental health care for everybody.
The DSN committee believes that we are stronger together.
DSN members say :
'I've had invaluable support and advice over the years I've been a member.'
'... a feeling of belonging.'
'The fact that I feel I am not alone in my situation.'
...'being in touch with other doctors who have suffered mental health problems, being able to support each other, help to lift each other up and give and receive valuable advice from each other.'
' ...meeting others with similar experiences and getting support '
'I had a very difficult time at work. I became unwell. I was well supported by some doctor friends. I feel I am 'giving back' by attending monthly local DSN meetings, and I derive support for myself as well.'
'It is so reassuring to know now that DSN exists as it makes me feel less alone with the problem of illness as a doctor.'