We are only able to enjoy the freedoms of this country because of service and sacrifice of our veterans. However, the impact of their service can leave physical and mental wounds.
I am proud of the work that my friend and colleague Johnny Mercer has done as Veteran’s Minister and is doing to improve the life of veterans in the UK. This will be achieved by delivering innovative ideas such as a mental health care pathway for veterans on top of substantial extra funding.
While Government focus is welcome, as well as that of Durham County Council, who recently made Lanchester Ward Councillors Mike McGaun - himself a veteran with 30 years service - their veterans champion. But the work Help for Heroes does for Veterans’ mental health issues is also valuable in raising awareness about issues relating to veterans.
Just talking about these issues is one of the best things we can do to help. Research has shown that talking about mental health issues can lower the chance of someone acting on those feelings. Prevention and managing issues is vital and can start by having a simple, but potentially life-saving, chat. That is why I am glad Help for Heros has created free online veterans mental health and well-being awareness training.
I will take a look athttps://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-help/mental-health-and-wellbeing/s…, and I hope you do too.