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Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

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Liz also served as a member of the Medical Emergency Response Team, playing an instrumental role in saving hundreds of lives in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

After two deployments to Iraq, followed by 10 to Afghanistan, Ms McConaghy's own mental health struggles left her feeling suicidal (Picture: Liz McConaghy).

If it’s anything less than something that really lights your fire, you’re never going to get up and give it 100%, commit everything and throw yourself in headfirst.

She was also the only female ‘crewman’ on the Chinook wing for four years and the longest serving as well. Starting from such a young age, Liz reflected on where it all started, going with her brother to his BARB test. Liz would fly into dangerous war zones to recover severely wounded soldiers from the battlefield, often not knowing if they would survive.But if you can get everyone to use that system, it’s also a good measure for other people and help them notice how you’re doing. Deployed twice to Iraq and ten times to Afghanistan, Liz struggled with her mental health feeling detached emotionally and suicidal. It's Liz here again, and today, I’d like to chat about something that's close to my heart – the importance of giving your mental health a score.

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