Every year in May, the Committee of Anaesthesiology Trainees (CAT) at the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland organises a charity Fun Run to tie in with Ireland's Annual Congress of Anaesthesiology. This year, the CAT Fun Run will take place on 10 May 2019 in Clontarf to raise funds for the Practitioner Health Matters Programme, which is an invaluable, life-saving service that offers 100% confidential support to doctors, dentists and pharmacists in need.
Studies suggest that doctors have a disproportionately high rate of attempting suicide, compounded by high burnout rates and stigma surrounding mental illness. The PHMP aims to tackle these problems head-on by providing confidential support and care to any doctor, dentist or pharmacist who encounters problems with mental health issues, addiction or substance abuse, burnout, stress, and work-related problems.
With the aim to ‘Support, not Report’, no matter what the problem is, help can be provided by PHMP.
The service is funded by donations, and all contributions go directly towards the running of PHMP.
A message from Dr. Íde Delargy, the PHMP's medical director, follows below:
“Please convey my thanks to all participants and all those who donate - the funds are always used to keep the service going.“