UK: ‘999 RUN’ to support mental health of frontline workers

The Blue Light Symphony Orchestra, the UK’s only orchestra for all emergency services personnel, is calling on the public to use their daily lockdown exercise time and show their support for the emergency services by completing the ‘999Run’ in July.

By completing the ‘999Run’ and raising money, the public can support the charity to address the issues around trauma, PTSD, chronic stress, and anxiety among emergency services staff. Between 18-26 July participants of all fitness levels should run, walk, or even skip one of three 999-themed distances – 9.99km, 999m or 999 steps. 

Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police Service, is backing the campaign.

According to the charity, which uses music and music therapy to help improve the mental wellbeing of police, fire and ambulance workers, COVID-19 has seen an exacerbation of the already critical state of mental health among blue light workers.

The charity run is organised by Sebastian Valentine, a Detective Constable in the Surrey Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit, based in Guildford. He investigates child abuse, domestic abuse as well as ‘honour-based abuse’ and harmful traditional practices. He is also a hostage and crisis negotiator.

“Taking part in the ‘999Run’ is a great way for everyone to show their support for the emergency services as well as to raise money in a fun way, and if you cannot participate, you can still donate. Exercise is a great way to boost your own mental health and is even better with some music! All donations are welcome,” Valentine noted.

“Coronavirus is taking its toll on all healthcare workers, creating traumatic memories that cause anxiety and stress. But treatments using music, such as music therapy, can be highly effective in helping individuals to self-regulate through difficult emotional states,” he added.

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