Our member Jenny Oyston aims to make donation to charitable causes after winning £500 in an essay writing competition.

Jenny won the prize for her article on the theme of Key strategies to avoid burnout.

Now Jenny, who is counselling from her home in Lincolnshire during the pandemic, says she’s looking to use the prize money to support good causes.

Christmas present

“The prize also included a trophy with my name engraved on it,” she said. “It came through just before Christmas, it was a lovely Christmas present.

“I’m now thinking of an appropriate charity, one around counselling, to donate to. I have one in mind which helps sex workers to find their way back into society.

“I also want to use it for a good cause once the pandemic allows us to get out and about a bit more. I'm keen on running support groups but none of this is currently possible.”

Jenny says she found it rewarding to research the essay for the competition, which was run by her insurers the Psychologists Protection Society.


"The World Health Organisation didn’t recognise burnout until 2019," she said.

“That suggests to me people haven’t got much awareness around the subject. The danger could be we’ll be heading towards burnout without realising it. That was my starting point.

“It turned out to be a useful topic for the current circumstances with the pandemic. I did some reading and research around burnout, and then wellbeing and self-care, so it was a useful one to research anyway.”

Jenny’s essay Key strategies to avoid burnout is available online now to read.

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