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Let’s get dentistry talking

Lynn Leach talks to Rory O’Connor and Jeremy Cooper about the issue of loneliness within dentistry and how this can be tackled… The 18th of May is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a…

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Five ways to well-being

Andy Elwood is a mental health first aid instructor and campaigner. After 20 years spent treating people’s physical health as a paramedic in the Air Force and with the Coast Guard, he decided to turn…

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My story: volunteering with a helpline for dentists

In 2019 a group of dentists, spearheaded by Jeremy Cooper, created Confidental, a helpline for dentists in distress. The purpose of Confidental is to ‘provide emotional first aid for dentists in distress’. It is a…

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How Human Factors can help to manage risk and reduce stress

By Ganase Dharrie-Maharaj It was the evening of 29th December, 1972. After a two-hour flight from New York, Eastern Air Lines flight 401 was descending into a calm, moonless night as it approached Miami. In command…

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Feeling overwhelmed as a young dentist? You’re not the only one…

Practising dentist Bethany Rushworth recently launched a coaching service for her fellow young professionals, including trainees, who may be feeling overwhelmed. Within a few days, the 1-2-1 service was fully subscribed, suggesting there is a…

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‘More people than ever before are accessing the service’

Sarah Barnard speaks to Rory O’Connor from the Dental Health Support Trust, which provides free support and advice on mental health, alcohol and drug issues… It feels as though barely a month goes by without…

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Farzeela Merali-Rupani discusses how to stop a complaint escalating

The threat of complaints/litigation is the biggest source of stress to dentists, according to a recent survey by the BDA. More than 2,000 dentists responded to the survey and 54.9% said they were experiencing high…

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Why I created a mental health group for dentists in crisis

With almost a fifth of dentists saying they feel suicidal and high levels of stress and anxiety across the profession, many are finding solace in a Facebook group. In just two years, the closed Mental…

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Simple mindfulness exercises to help reduce stress

Mindfulness has become a popular way for many people to de-stress, reduce anxiety and de-clutter the mind. It is a form of meditation that helps people to ‘live in the present moment in an enjoyable…

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