On a windy and blisteringly hot day, the Primary Care Medical Facility (PCMF) of British Forces Brunei laced up their trainers for a ‘Run For Life’ to raise awareness for PTSD and money for mental health charities.
There were a number of different length races for the whole community to take part in including 5km, 3km and 1km for children.
Despite running for fun, the Gurkhas are renowned for their competitiveness. Rifleman Suman Rai, 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles was representing A Coy saying,
“Today, I have put my mentality to win this.”
Stalls were selling food, drink, charity t-shirts and the crowds enjoyed a raffle and tombola. Medical professionals were at the charity run giving people the opportunity to talk about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Civilian Medical Practitioner Doctor Huw Morgan-Davis spoke to Forces Radio BFBS Brunei's James Measom and wanted to highlight the importance of not ignoring the symptoms of PTSD and that exercise is an important part of taking care of your mental health.
“PTSD, as I’m sure anybody in the military is aware of, is something that is sadly all too common...
"The military are particularly keen to address this issue because many soldiers, even many years later are affected by this really quite severely.”
Of course, PTSD can affect anyone as Dr Morgan-Davis was keen to point out.
“Let’s think of a recent modern example, the Grenfell Tower Fire. Hundreds if not thousands of people are affected by PTSD in a disaster which exposed many people to terrible scenes, terrible shock, terrible trauma so it is something that can affect everybody of any age.”
After the event charity PTSD UK, who provide support, understanding and respect for those experiencing PTSD, said.
“Thank you so much for your support and congratulations to everyone who took part in the run.
"It looks like a great event and we’re so grateful to you for raising awareness of PTSD and our charity.”