Helping veterans like Ian
When Ian left the Army after 11 years of service for his country, he struggled for years with post-traumatic stress. Now, with help from charity PTSD Resolution, he’s turned his life around.
It’s been a long recovery journey for Ian - but today he is keen to break the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress and emphasise the importance of asking for help.
In 2017, Ian was at rock bottom. The trauma from his Army service had led him to self-medicate with alcohol and he felt his life was unravelling. Aware something was very wrong, Ian reached out to charity PTSD Resolution and he had his first free counselling session booked within the week.
Since then Ian has used the tools and techniques he learned in therapy to build a full life.
A keen fundraiser and marathon runner, Ian represented Great Britain at the 2017 Invictus games in Canada. He went on to be an Ambassador for the 2018 games and is an Invictus athletics coach.
Ian has a powerful message for anyone suffering, about trusting your instincts if something feels wrong:
“My advice is, if you feel it, then for you it’s real. You don’t have to convince anyone. Speak up and get the help and support that you deserve.”
Mental welfare of our forces’ veterans
Remembrance Day is a time to recall the sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Forces who we commemorate each year.
Many veterans and reservists continue to suffer mental health anguish resulting from their time in service to the UK - or in the case of some families, from supporting a loved one with these problems.
Charity PTSD Resolution is here to help through a network of 200 therapists across the UK who provide therapy that is free, local, prompt and effective, specifically to address the issue of persistent trauma.
Many veterans suffering from the symptoms of trauma are still unaware that there’s a service available to help relieve the problems of post-traumatic stress.
To raise awareness of the charity’s work and mark its 3,000th referral, PTSD Resolution has just published its 10 Year Impact Report.
Find out more
To find out how you can support PTSD Resolution to relieve the impact of trauma for Forces’ Veterans, Reservists and their families, please visit www.PTSDresolution.org