As a family member, friend or colleague of a dental practitioner or student, it can feel isolating if you are concerned about them. You may question whether you should be concerned, what it is you should be looking for, and what support is available for them and you. We answer these questions here.
If you would like to chat to someone call our confidential 24/7 support line on 1800 377 700.
There can be a misconception that dental practitioners and students are less likely to experience health issues because of their knowledge, skills and expertise. But dental practitioners and students may be exposed to high emotional, psychological, cognitive and physical demands, which may impact on their physical and mental health.
It can be difficult to support someone through a health issue, especially if they do not recognise their issue. Many people may find it hard to talk to someone close to them about their concerns.
Everyone copes with challenges differently. Some may use coping strategies that are detrimental to their health, such as isolating themselves from others, or using alcohol or substances to distract and/or manage the emotional pain and distress. Dealing with things earlier is always preferable as it may help to avert these behaviours.