Below is the start of a collection of poems and stories from doctors who have or who are struggling. They describe the challenges that they have faced or are continuing to face and the action that they have taken or are taking to gain control back into their lives. The actions that they take on a daily basis to prevent further problems, the lessons that they have learnt about themselves and life.
I hope that these stories will give you hope and courage, and reassure you that you are not alone. I hope also that some of these stories may inspire you that there other possibilities out there.
We ALL have the potential to find other ways to make our lives fulfilled & meaningful, both within and outside medicine.
“Staying well” after being mentally unwell as a GP
“I’m a better doctor for accepting that I have a mental health problem” Guardian article by Dr Zoe Norris
“What helped me get back to work and thrive” by Dr Kate Dyerson
“On leaving medicine” by Dr Clare Barton
“Life after medicine” by Dr Clare Barton
If you have a story that you feel would be helpful or inspiring to others that may be using this site, please do get in contact with me at
I look forwards to hearing from you.