Reducing male suicides: “Man up” to man down

Content warning: this piece explores issues of mental health disorders and suicidality. It goes without saying that if you’re struggling to cope, please seek help. Useful resources can be found on and NHS 111 option 2 can help in a mental health crisis. —– In 2019, over four thousand men took their own livesContinue reading “Reducing male suicides: “Man up” to man down”

Chapter 2.2: no patients, no problem?

The wordplay continues. Of the many ways COVID-19 has affected medicine, the impact on medical education is one I hope has no lasting effects. It seems selfish to say, but the pandemic has made it really hard to see patients and get direct clinical experience on placement. Poor me, complaining about not having to goContinue reading “Chapter 2.2: no patients, no problem?”

Chapter 2.1: a missing bone?!

Welcome back, and welcome to the first blog post of 2021. Last year was quite a ride; amongst the perpetual sh*thousery of the pandemic, I managed to regularly post my reflections, securing a permanent historical artefact that future scientists will surely study. “Past medical students were inexplicably obsessed with puns” they will conclude. And theyContinue reading “Chapter 2.1: a missing bone?!”

Cognitive reframing: 3 tips to reduce doctors stress

The following is a blog post I wrote for The Joyful Doctor. ~ The mind is a wonderful and a terrible thing. It can store away an astounding number of facts, conjure up images from decades ago and completely change our perception of the world around us. Unfortunately, that can sometimes also be damaging. TheContinue reading “Cognitive reframing: 3 tips to reduce doctors stress”