Karen Mead, Head of Psychological Wellbeing at Help for Heroes, said: “Help for Heroes is a charity leading the way in mental health support to members of the Armed Forces community. Many of our veterans need support with mental health problems and it is vitally important they get a fair deal and are offered support in a timely and effective manner.
“Help for Heroes believes that those who put their lives on the line for us deserve a second chance at life. This grant funding will enable us to empower our veterans across the UK to regain their purpose and will ensure we can better meet the needs of veterans suffering with their mental health.”
Kev Bogdan spent eight years in the Welsh Guards, serving in Germany, Canada, the USA, Belize and Northern Ireland. The 49-year-old from Port Talbot left the Army in 1994 and is now in recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a damaging relationship with drugs and alcohol.
“Therapy with Veterans’ NHS Wales was tough – revisiting all those old situations – but I had reached the point by then that I knew I had to do it. If I hadn’t done it, I would probably be dead by now. If I hadn’t seen that therapist, and then had a referral on to Change Step – then I might not have been here today.”