Doctors tend to be highly resilient; we need to be with the pressures we face.
Yet even if we cope well most of the time, we may not always be as resilient as we’d like. Research identifies doctors as a high-risk group for stress-related harm and also shows the pressures we’re facing are increasing. We can find ourselves overwhelmed by increasing demands or exhausted and dipping in our mood, morale or energy.
The good news is that the last twenty years has seen breakthroughs in our scientific understanding of what helps resilience grow. Research has also shown that resilience training helps protect against the risk of depression, anxiety and stress related harm, while also strengthening our capacity to address challenges. That’s why we’ve set up this website and are developing online resilience trainings.
At the moment, we’re still in our development phase. What we have so far is:
- A short video-based online course Personal Resilience in an Hour. You can get this at a special offer price of £10, or watch some of the videos for free, at this link.
- We’re developing a longer more in-depth video-based online course specifically for doctors, which we hope to have available next year. At the moment we have a free trial of this available, which you can sign up to here.
- For a short article on Resilience for GPs by Dr Chris Johnstone, please see this link.
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ResilienceforDoctors.com is run by Dr Chris Johnstone, who trained as a GP, then worked in mental health for many years before making resilience training his main work. He’s been involved in training doctors in skills for resilience and stress management for more than two decades. He is joined by Professor David Peters of the Centre for Resilience at the University of Westminster. David also has a background as a GP before making resilience training his main work.