In 2013 the General Medical Council (GMC) published a report about “Supporting medical students with mental health conditions”. They found “that students are often reluctant to ask for support when they are struggling, especially if their problems relate to a mental health condition. This can often be because they are worried that highlighting a mental health condition could put their career at risk.”
They issued a series of responses to common misconceptions that exist about responses/reactions to mental health and getting help. Have a look at the “Myth busters” below.
If you do have a mental health condition or concern, the Student Support Office at the Queen Mary University of London School of Medicine and Dentistry offers advice and support to help you manage this alongside your studies. You are strongly encouraged to contact them, so that your studies and / or academic progress are not negatively affected.
If you would prefer to access counselling outside the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service, you may wish to access counselling through the British Medical Association - the BMA counselling service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The BMA has confirmed to us that you can use this service as a medical student - you don't have to be qualified. You do need to be a member of the BMA however. Membership is free for first year medical students and there are annual fees for students in the later years of medical school.
There is also specialist, professional and confidential support to help students to manage a mental health condition alongside their studies, including one to one mental health mentoring. Contact the Queen Mary Mental Heath Coordinator for advice and support.