World Mental Health Day took place on October 10th, with this year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health as ‘mental health for all’.

Dentists in particular, it would seem, may want to take steps to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing, given new research from Extraction Solutions revealing that dental practitioners are the highest-ranking occupation when it comes to mental health conditions, reports.

Even before the pandemic took hold at the start of the year, dentistry was linked to high rates of mental health issues, but some dentists have said that this has been exacerbated as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Expert in dust extraction and materials handling Extraction Solutions found that occupations in dentistry were the most harmful to mental health, with the most mental health incidents on the ranking list (1.9).

Dental practitioner Lauren Harrhy set up Facebook group Mental Dental in 2017 to provide dentists with an avenue of support. She said: “It’s been pretty busy during this time. I think it’s really polarised the profession in many ways. I think we are about to see a very difficult year for dentistry. This will especially be the case as financial support starts to wane as the year goes on.”

Tips for looking after your health include talking about your feelings, keeping active, eating well and drinking alcohol sensibly. Asking for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed is also advisable, whether that’s from family or friends, or getting in touch with local professional services.

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