Adam is the author of the bestselling book ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor,’ which provided an inspiration to the Wellbeing Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The team reached out to Adam to ask if he would officiate the tree planting ceremony and happily, he agreed.
Alex May, Wellbeing Co-ordinator for the RCHT, said: “We took inspiration from Ealing Hospital and Adam’s book and televised series ‘This Is Going to Hurt’, where the Shruti’s Tree’ was planted in memory of a colleague who had committed suicide. We have chosen the Elm Tree, with its representation of strength and intuition, recognising our staff are resilient, strong, compassionate, and hardworking. We feel that our colleagues, family and friends that we have lost, should have a memorial spot on our grounds too.”
Kim O’Keeffe, Dual Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals and Honorary Associate Professor of Nursing for the RCHT, also attended the ceremony, which took place at the Knowledge Spa this Friday. Kim said: “We plant this tree as a symbol of respect, care and remembrance for the colleagues, friends, family and loved ones we have lost. It is a place to come and reflect, pay respects, and have a quiet moment.”
“Over these challenging times, more than ever, we recognise how easy it is to become overwhelmed, isolated and to lose oneself in a feeling of hopelessness,” Kim continues. “We are placing ever greater importance on our health and wellbeing support, and we want to continue to do all we can to support our colleagues, to listen and to act in response to their needs. Over 6000 people in the UK, and around 1 million worldwide, die each year from suicide, and we encourage everyone not to ignore the warning signs, even if made in jest; please reach out.”
“All of us at RCHT are incredibly grateful that Adam took the time out of his busy schedule to attend the ceremony and to lend his support to something that is so meaningful and significant to so many people,” Alex continues. “The placard on our tree bears the suicide ribbon, and the coloured ribbon around the tree that Adam is unveiling bears testament to that.”