The emotional toll is incalculable. One.Surgery recognises and applauds those people throughout the world facing these difficulties, and would like to support everyone through this difficult time. Sometimes all that is required is a way to talk, reach out, be heard and listened to. Below, we have created a support page, where anyone in the world can write out their feelings, anonymously (or not), to share with the community. We have also included a private option, should you just want to reach out privately to us for a listening ear. Our team will promise to read and hear all comments, to know we are here with you during these difficult times.
The form below simply allows you to speak and reach out in any way you want, knowing that we, the One.Surgery team, are with you always.
Firstly, you must decide if you wish to stay anonymous, identifiable or contactable. If you choose to be contactable, One.Surgery may reach out to you publicly (if you choose a public diary post) or privately, just to offer our support during this time.
After choosing to fill (or not fill) your contact details, you will be asked to either write or record a post. Recording an audio post is relatively simple, simply upload a .wav or .mp3 file, either on your desktop, laptop or indeed recorded straight from your phone. Your audio file will be available to playback, embedded within the diary.
If you are a logged in user, your posts will automatically be published, and you will have the opportunity to edit / delete / review all of your posts.
If you are not logged in, the One.Surgery team will need to approve your post before it is published, and you will not have the ability to edit / delete your post through your own means. However, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you need to make a change.
One.Surgery is also seeking to possibly publish some diary extracts in its magazine, Voices of One. Surgery. However, we will only do this if you have given us permission via the submission form.
- Crisis Resources
- WHO: Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Senior Guide to Mental Health During Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Managing your mental health as a key worker during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Hope For Wellness
- Coronanxiety support and resources
- NHS Depression Support Groups
- Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself
- Every Mind Matters – NHS
- Mind Charity – For Better Mental Health
- Mental Health – UK Charity
- The Samaritans
One.Surgery is also seeking to possibly publish some diary extracts in its free magazine, Voices of One. Surgery. However, we will only do this if you have given us permission via the submission form.
The One.Surgery Covid-19 diaries will always be free to access. One.Surgery will not distribute your personal data for any reason.
One.Surgery reserves the right to delete / modify any posts deemed offensive or abusing our terms and conditions. There is no appeals process. One.Surgery reserves the right to withdraw this diary service at any time.
Public Covid Diary Entries (18 entries)
|#13. April 30, 2020 at 11:59 am: Tim Hall – Verified One.Surgery user (6)
Little did I know just a few months ago on the day of graduation from medical school that I, and indeed the world, would be thrust into such a state of turmoil, unease, and uncertainty. A health system grappling to cope and prepare with an unknown and ever-changing situation. The general public forced into a state of lockdown, isolated within their social “bubble”, unable to see close friends and loved ones, or leave their neighbourhood.
|#12. April 30, 2020 at 10:58 am: Aliyu Ndajiwo – (email@example.com) – Verified One.Surgery user (3)
The invisible enemy
2020, 2020, 2020. What a year so far! Many people hoped for 2020 to be a great year. Many had plans. Never did we know we had an invisible enemy planning to disrupt our 2020. The invisible enemy had plans to overwhelm our health workers and our health systems in a way we can never ever forget. The invisible enemy planned to take so many lives. The enemy knows no one, doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, doesnt care if you’re the prime minister of a nation or a hard working civil servant. This invisible enemy has shaken nations. It has shown that we humans, no matter our social status or the country we live in, we are all one. We have to work together, and thats the only way this battle would be won, when we work together as one.
Covid-19 has also locked down the world. The lockdown definitely is a good measure to flatten the curve. It has made some people closer to their families. It has made some people more productive working at home, it indeed has also affected people in many ways, good and also bad. In some countries, there are those that are only able to feed themselves and their family only by going out to work. Each day that one person doesnt go out, many would be left with no food. Perhaps hunger would even kill some people faster than Covid-19. Indeed this pandemic is a test to the human race in all facets. I hope we learn from it.
|#11. April 30, 2020 at 10:31 am: Saqib Noor, Consultant – Verified One.Surgery user (4)
The most difficult moment for me so far was…
|#9. April 30, 2020 at 7:45 am: Prachi Patel – Verified One.Surgery user (4)
Day 56 ? of the lockdown….
A dilemma of a doctor who is many oceans far from her home and dying to help the people of her country but couldn’t. Being rejected by the ones where she could truly help save a life but wouldn’t! The world is fighting the battle against this pandemic where she is fighting against her mind. People are counting hundreds and thousands a day where she is counting minutes and hours. The world is in inevitable chaos and so is her mind!
Then one Sunday morning,
But, thinking about all the friends, colleagues and doctors who are battling at the frontline, feeling really proud and hoping that all is going to be okay!
We are going to win this battle and so, is she!
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|#7. April 29, 2020 at 10:25 pm: Florence Van Belleghem, Medical student – (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Verified One.Surgery user (8)
One thing I’ve realised the past few days, is how quickly everything changes.
The change within myself isn’t the only thing I’m talking about. Overnight, our whole country changed from being a busy country, buzzing with life to a silent nation in lockdown. But at the same time it’s truly astonishing how quickly people adapt to a new situation. A change of lifestyle, no one could even imagine just a couple of weeks ago, has become the new normal. Yes of course it was strange in the beginning, but life goes on. Big changes yet with less impact on me than I expected.
However I also find the opposite to be true: small changes having a major impact on me. A doctor telling a colleague how he’s already signed more obituaries in a month then he can remember; A hearse turning on the roundabout; These are things that immediately have an impact on you. I can’t really describe the downhearted feelings that they cause. At the same time, I also can’t really explain what it feels like to hear a recovering patient joke around, or to see the twinkling eyes behind the mask of the nurse helping him.
No, we don’t know what tomorrow brings, but change is coming
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|#6. April 29, 2020 at 6:58 pm: Uchenna Emenogu – Lagos Verified One.Surgery user (7)
You can only imagine the emotional toll faced by frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
We’ve never experienced something like this. Neither were we prepared for this in medical school.
Battles are fought each day. Loved ones are lost each day. Helpless patients are each day surrendered to the gruesome hands of death. As we watch them pass on, we stand by and hope we could help them.
Not just that, we are faced with fears for our own lives and those of our friends, foes, families and colleagues.
All in all, we shall overcome.
|#4. April 29, 2020 at 9:52 am: Theophilus Barasa, Medical student – Nairobi Verified One.Surgery user (4)
People talk a lot about what it means to be a member of a team; the bonds that never end, the sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. It’s about fighting together, but it’s also about family, about knowing that we are there for each other. The one. surgery team, health care workers all over the world and any other united groups are these teams and together form one large team that is sure to win this war against COVID-19. Because, when many work as one, there is infinite power that nothing can overcome.
|#1. April 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm: Emenogu Uchenna, – – (email@example.com) – Lagos (5)
It is beautiful to be beautiful. It is more beautiful to remain so. I do what I love and I love what I do.
Day after day, the true essence of life and living plays out right before my very before.
Well, in a bid to saving the bigger world, I sometimes ignorantly ignore little things that matter- family, friends, you. And yes, me.
I constantly remind myself that saving the world truly begins by saving my world….yes, my little world.
Family and loved ones should not suffer because I’m obsessed with saving the world. My friends should not feel bottled-out because dude wants to save the world.
This is the new me and this new me has come to stay. Stay Safe.