One of our Experts-by-Experience, Anthony Muckell featured in a BBC programme which highlighted the success of our Veterans' Service, OpCOURAGE.
Anthony, a former Royal Marine who served in the Gulf, spoke very movingly about his own challenges in the past.
Anthony told the BBC how he attempted suicide, spent time in hospital and then prison. He lost his job and became homeless. After using our Op Courage Veterans’ Service he has changed his life completely and is now volunteering with us, co-producing services and helping others.
Anthony's interview was broadcast on BBC One, London region, at 10am on Sunday 6 November. You can watch the interview in full on the BBC iPlayer here.
Remembrance Day, and the period leading up to it, is a significant time for many users of our Veterans’ Services. There has been greater awareness of the mental health needs of veterans and their families in recent years, and improved funding has enabled our Veterans’ Service to expand and offer specialist pathways.
Veterans' Service lead, Dr Sue Ferrier said: “We want veterans to come and talk to us about their mental health needs. People don’t need to be referred by their GP, they can approach us directly. Anthony’s story really demonstrates how important it is to get help, and how effective it can be.”