In Laura’s name: the charity that aims to prevent suicide among nurses

The Laura Hyde Foundation campaigns for better mental health support for healthcare staff
Liam Barnes and Jenifer Hawkins

The Laura Hyde Foundation provides mental health support for nurses and campaigns for greater recognition of mental ill health among healthcare staff

  • Data show 51 nurses died by suicide or ‘undetermined intent’ in England and Wales
  • Mental distress among nurses has been exacerbated by disinvestment in services, under-staffing and increased pressures
  • The Laura Hyde Foundation was created to help prevent suicides among healthcare staff and it urges managers to create more supportive workplaces for healthcare staff

For Liam Barnes, his cousin, nurse Laura Hyde, was the closest thing he had to a sister.

After graduating in 2011, Ms Hyde became a naval nurse, combining her two passions: travel and caring for others.

‘Laura wanted to explore the