The Microsteps
Webinar Series

Brought to you by You Okay, Doc? in partnership with #FirstRespondersFirst - an initiative of Thrive Global, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the CAA Foundation.

Our webinar series brought together healthcare professionals, athletes, military personnel and mental health experts into one conversation, to empower healthcare professionals with their own mental health.

The series explored small, actionable and science-backed steps that healthcare professionals can take to make immediate changes in their daily life and work.


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You Okay, Doc? & #FirstRespondersFirst are proud to share the #ThriveGlobal Microsteps with you. These steps were designed specifically by Thrive Global and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for the unique challenges and lifestyles of medical professionals. They are small, actionable and science-backed steps which we hope will help you with your own mental health & well-being.


Our Speakers

7pm Thursday, 24 September 2020

How to start a Mental Health Revolution for healthcare workers - from the CEO of Mind

You Okay, Doc? speaks to the CEO of Mind about how to revolutionise mental health for healthcare workers.

Building on the incredible success of Mind in helping millions see that 'its okay to be not be okay', we explore the challenges and opportunities for healthcare workers to both empower themselves and help create a cultural shift for today and the future generations ahead.

About Paul Farmer

Paul has been Chief Executive of Mind since 2006. He is also Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight & Advisory Group & co-authored ‘Thriving at Work’ for the government, setting out how to transform mental health in work places.

Please send your questions for the Q&A session with Paul to [email protected]

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7pm Thursday, 8 October 2020

Military vs Medicine - Part 1

In the face of COVID-19, medics across the world served their country in the face of unprecedented conditions. The impact of the epidemic will sadly live on long after the final clap of support, with high levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) predicted.

Military and Medicine are two careers where those that served for us now need us to care for them. We therefore invited two leading voices in veteran mental health support for a two-part series to explore the opportunities for medics and the military to learn from each other, how to identify PTSD - and practical ways to manage it.

Our guest speaker:

Professor Neil Greenberg: Professor of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London, Royal College of Psychiatrists Lead for Trauma and the Military and former military psychiatrist.

Please send your questions for the Q&A session with Neil to [email protected]

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7pm Thursday, 22 October 2020

How To Have A Good Day: In the Medical Profession

Building on the wisdom within her book, 'How To Have A Good Day', Caroline Webb will be speaking to leading Thoracic Surgeon, Mr Aman Coonar, and GP Trainee, Dr Mark Seaman to understand the unique day-to-day pressures faced by medics across all levels and provide practical advice to optimise wellbeing using the latest research across neuroscience, psychology and behavioural economics.

About our guest speakers:

Caroline Webb: Co-founder of McKinsey's leadership practice and author of 'How To Have A Good Day'

Mr Aman Coonar: Mr. Coonar is a leading consultant thoracic surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital, currently featured in the BBC Two series of 'Surgeons: At the Edge of Life'.

Dr Mark Seaman: GP Trainee with a strong interest in optimising wellbeing through lifestyle changes and reflection & proud You Okay, Doc? ambassador.

Please send your questions for the Q&A session with Caroline, Mr Coonar and Dr Mark Seaman to [email protected]

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7pm Thursday 5 November 2020

The Mental Health of the Medical Profession: From the former BMA President

In conversation with Chris Cherry, Professor Dinesh Bhugra and Dr Jonathan Mutch will be discussing their incredible insights into the current state of our medical profession's mental health - and what changes are needed.

We will be finding out why doctors' mental health was prioritised at the British Medical Association under Prof Bhugra's presidency, what his research revealed, the progress made and challenges felt - and his advice for today's doctors.

About Professor Dinesh Bhugra

Professor Bhugra is Professor of Mental Health & Cultural Diversity at King’s College London. His past positions include:

1. Former President of the British Medical Association
2. Former President of the Royal College of Psychiatry
3. Current President of the World Psychiatric Association

Please send your questions for the Q&A session with Professor Bhugra to [email protected]

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7pm Thursday, 19 November 2020

Optimising the Mind & Body of a Medic

At You Okay, Doc?, our vision is for every doctor to have access to a named psychotherapist. We strongly believe that we should just not support medics when something goes wrong, but help empower their daily lifestyles from day 1 of their career to prevent the long list of mental health conditions which are sadly so prominent in the profession.

Fitness, nutrition and mental coaching are key wellbeing areas for medics to prioritise day-to-day. We therefore invited three of the most inspirational voices in these areas to explore science-backed advice tailored to medics to empower themselves - even during the most challenging times.

Tom Mitchell. England Rugby 7s Captain

Katie Warriner, Performance Psychologist for Olympic and World Champion Athletes & Headspace content co-creator

Rupy Aujla: Founder of The Doctor's Kitchen

Please send your questions for the Q&A session with Tom, Katie & Dr Rupy to [email protected]

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7pm Thursday, 3 December 2020

COVID-19 and mental health: The Medic within the medical system

The COVID-19 pandemic took the whole world by storm, but none more so than the global medical profession. We all stand incredibly proud of the enormous response of healthcare workers to battle the pandemic for everyone at home. But what is the reality of the situation for the mental health of individual frontline healthcare workers?

We are proud to have hosted one of the leading figures in the world on mental health, Professor Shekhar Saxena, who is also a leading voice via the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for 'First Responders First'. With decades of experience of championing mental health for all and a personal passion for supporting healthcare workers, he shared his own experiences of supporting medics, his view of the reality of the situation in both the US and globally and his advice for healthcare professionals during this challenging time and beyond.

About Professor Saxena

Professors Saxena is the former World Health Organisation Director for Mental Health and the current Professor of Global Mental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - through which he is a leading voice for First Responders First. He has dedicated his life to promoting the importance of mental health globally and played a critical role in the shift of culture and stigma attached to mental health.

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7pm Thursday, 17 December 2020

Military vs Medicine - Part 2

Two incredible industries that serve our country. Two industries with enormous pressures to perform, often at the expense of the individual. Two industries that can learn so much from each other to build a positive future.

For the second part of our Military and Medicine webinar, we explored the unique pressures faced by the military and medics, how we can support the personnel of the future - how to recognise, deal with and prevent Post Traumatic Stress Order - and the big impact that Microsteps can have.

Our guest speaker:

Brandon Young: Brandon served in the US Army for 11 years, conducting 4 combat rotations to Afghanistan and other Special Operations missions - receiving 4 Meritorious Service Medals. Since leaving the army, Brandon has dedicated himself to charity including leading initiatives to enrich veteran's lives

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Our Host

Chris Cherry

Chris is a Founding Trustee of You Okay, Doc? and a qualified integrative psychotherapist with over 30 years' experience. He is fully registered with the UK Council of Psychotherapy and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including the NHS, the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as founding and coordinating a number of organisations.

His work has also extended to a variety of appearances on a wide range of TV and radio programmes including ‘The Truth About Men’ on ITV, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Berkshire. Chris has worked with a broad range of emotional issues ranging from anxiety to addictions and with these experiences he will provide valuable insight into tailoring specific products to support doctors’ mental health.

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