This past year has been one of the toughest any of us have ever faced. With every Covid-19 wave and every lockdown, our frontline A&E teams have been there to care for us. It is hard to imagine how emotionally distressing and exhausting working in a hospital Emergency Department can be, even in normal circumstances, let alone during a global pandemic with so much at stake and with all the uncertainties that have surrounded us during this last year and into the future.
Shockingly, it is estimated that a doctor dies every three to four weeks in the UK by suicide. And for those working in emergency medicine, the mental and physical pressure is felt even more acutely, with more physicians recording early signs of exhaustion, stress, and mental health difficulties than any other profession or population to date. This is why we need to act.
Right now, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine are working to support all A&E staff with their mental wellbeing. Helping doctors who are struggling with PTSD, trauma, and burnout after one of the hardest years of their lives. We are investing in our wellbeing resources and research around mental health, working to provide the best support possible.
Our frontline A&E heroes have been stretched to the limit this last year and have been there for us through it all, as always there for you 24/7, 365 days a year whenever help is needed.
Now you can be there for them by donating today.