Like many of us, I’ve been feeling pretty useless in the midst of this crisis, despite still working as a mental health nurse, I still feel like I could be doing more.
So I’ve decided that by June 2020, I will have run 100km. I’m not a regular runner, I have clicky knees and the stamina of a 90 year old so this will be a challenge! There’s a Facebook page linked where you can track my progress and I’ll be using MapMyRun to keep on top of the km!
The money raised will be donated “PTSD999”, “The Laura Hyde Foundation” and “The Ambulance Staff Charity”, all of which provide support for health and emergency workers experiencing PTSD or similar.
Between 2011 and 2017, the Office of National Statistics reported more than 300 nurses took their lives in England and Wales, with one of those years seeing one nurse suicide per week, while Mind reports that 1 in 4 emergency workers have contemplated suicide.
COVID-19 will inevitably cause these figures to rise and I anticipate that there will be a surge in diagnoses of PTSD amongst our frontline staff, with Paramedics with PTSD already outnumbering war veterans. Let’s remember that we are very much shielded from the horrors that our frontline staff are witnessing at the moment.
While we aren’t going out on a Friday night, and having brunch with friends on a Saturday, let’s put our hands in our pockets and put that money where it’s needed.
Let’s do what we do best in Britain, let’s pull together and support one another, in particular, those who put themselves at risk to care for others and those who are always a phone call away when any of us are in a crisis.