Last year, the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents in association with the Student Osteopathic Medical Association created a Mental Health Awareness Task Force to raise awareness of mental health in health care professionals and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
So far, the task force has facilitated a coordinated effort across 33 medical schools to celebrate an OMS Day of Wellness, and it has also created an interactive student presentation on medical student mental health for presenting at medical schools. The task force also recently created a video that shares the student concerns that led to the creation of the campaign.
In the video, titled ‘Mental Health Task Force: What You Don’t See,’ osteopathic medical students talk about the struggles medical students can face with mental illness and urge teachers, colleagues and classmates to look out for and assist one another. The video also shares the results of a recent survey of more than 10,000 osteopathic medical students, which found that more than half of the students surveyed score higher than the national average for depression and nearly 90% score higher than average for anxiety.
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