A BASINGSTOKE lady is to publish a guide subsequent week reflecting on her profession as an RAF chinook crew ‘chick’ – the highs, lows and PTSD.
Liz McConaghy’s profession within the RAF, which started in 2001, has seen a number of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the place she was a member of the emergency response group.
Since posting to Odiham in 2003, Liz has lived in Basingstoke, however it wasn’t till 2019 that after creating a neck harm, she sadly had no selection however to go away the RAF earlier than the UK went into lockdown. subsequent yr
She mentioned that she had seen numerous trauma in Liz’s profession, however she thought she had numerous good. It wasn’t till the blockade, the place he lived alone, that his habits started to vary and he started to mirror on among the wounded troopers he had helped accumulate on the battlefield.
Sadly, in August 2020, Liz tried suicide because of the overwhelming feelings she was feeling.
Nonetheless, after two years of PTSD counseling and placing all her ideas and emotions down on paper, Liz’s guide can be revealed by Pen and Sword on Friday thirtieth September.
Liz mentioned: “I by no means began scripting this guide with the intention of publishing it, so it was wonderful that somebody needed to publish it and that individuals really needed to learn it.
“I hope to encourage numerous younger children to observe their desires, initially from Northern Eire, I’ve no expertise of the forces and neither did anybody in my household.”
Liz now works for a drone firm as a mission supervisor.
He mentioned he joined the RAF after going together with his brother to take the military entrance exams.
He waited within the careers workplace and noticed a flyer within the careers workplace promoting a task for a helicopter crew. He made inquiries concerning the function and a yr later discovered himself within the RAF.
She added: “I ended up having essentially the most wonderful profession so I hope to encourage some folks. I used to be additionally the one lady doing my job for 4 years so I hope to encourage some younger girls to pursue their careers.
“I additionally hope that this guide can be relatable to individuals who have been affected by suicide in a roundabout way.”
The guide is offered for pre-order from Amazon, WH Smith, Waterstones and Pen and Sword Publishers.
There may be additionally a guide signing at Waterstones’ Pageant Place on October twenty second at 2pm.