Statement from RCPsych on the pandemic situation in the Indian subcontinent

Statement / comment
23 April 2021

On behalf of the College we would like to express our sympathy and concern about the effects of the pandemic across the Indian subcontinent and many other parts of the world where it is causing unimaginable pain and grief.

Our hearts go out to our many members in the Indian subcontinent and those working in the UK and around the world who have family and friends who are affected. In particular, we would like to express our sympathy and support to our colleagues fulfilling vital roles for the NHS, away from their loved ones.

Please ask your managers and colleagues in the College if you need any help or advice at all. We would also encourage you to make use of the College's Psychiatrists' Support Service (PSS) which provides free, rapid, high-quality peer support by telephone to psychiatrists of all grades who may be experiencing personal or work-related difficulties. This service is totally confidential and delivered by trained Doctor Advisor College members. 

We would urge all members of the College to reach out, sensitively, to colleagues who may be affected, just to check in with how they are. Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference.   

Psychiatrist Support Service (PSS)

The Psychiatrists' Support Service (PSS) provides free, rapid, high quality peer support by telephone to psychiatrists of all grades who may be experiencing personal or work-related difficulties.
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