We are the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). We were founded in 1505 by Royal Charter granted from King James IV. For the last 500 years we have been at the forefront of medical training and advancements, from the discoveries of Simpson and Lister to modern day pioneers of medicine and dentistry who are developing simulation, VR, and robotics.

Our College is made up of our Members, Fellows, and Trainees who work at the cutting edge of the medical field. 

We care about the wellbeing of our members above all else and know it can be difficult for our colleagues to feel comfortable discussing their mental health. In support of this the Moon and Back campaign was created, to raise awareness of this issue and encourage surgeons, and all those throughout healthcare, to open up about their wellbeing.

Why to the Moon and Back?

Love is not an easy thing to measure – so goes the story of Big Nutbrown hare and Little Nutbrown hare as they try to describe how much they love each other. If love was a distance, how much would it be? Would you love me to the tip of my toes? For a small hare that is quite a big thing, like outstretched arms, how could you measure anything bigger. 

Nope, you see that white dot in the sky? You see the moon? Well, I love you all the way there, and if that’s not enough, I then love you all the way back! Unmeasurable. Unfathomable. Never ending. 

How much do you value the people around you? The people in your life? Your hero, your sibling, your best pal?

This is not about the miles. It’s about the amount we value each other. How much do you value each other? How often do you say it? How far would you be prepared to go to show that to your sibling? What would you be prepared to do to check they are ok?

Surgeons are strong. Dominant and in control. They don’t do weak. They don’t ask. That’s the expectation. And that’s the damage.

This is about nurturing powerful relationships without many words. This is about going deep and getting to those places that need to be got to in a way that meets our preferences, is easily accessed, meaningful and engaging. This is about shared experiences facilitating shared help and support. This is about deliberately seeking wellness for ourselves and the people around us. This is where strength meets vulnerability. This is about standing shoulder to shoulder, grunting through the tough stuff, and daring to seek healing. 

To the moon and back is 768,800km. Getting there and back is a massive job. We can’t do it on our own; we are going to need your help. Getting through life is a monster-feat. We can’t do it on our own; we are going to need your help. Find out how to get started here.