A third of med students depressed

Almost a third of medical students are depressed and more than one in 10 have suicidal thoughts, yet most don’t seek help.

This is the stark finding from a large body of research that included 129,000 medical students from 47 countries, including Australia.

Only about 16% of students who screened positive for depression reportedly sought treatment.

The analysis builds on recent work demonstrating a high prevalence of depression among aspiring young doctors.

It suggests that it’s a problem affecting all levels of medical training.

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