During his basic training Harry experienced panic attacks on a regular basis and after several months of experiencing these attacks, was officially diagnosed in December 2012 by the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Tidworth. As part of his therapy, Harry received CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) sessions, however in May 2013 medical officers decided that he was not well enough to continue with his training, and his career in the Army would be brought to an end.
In January and February 2014, as part of his discharge process, Harry attended two resettlement courses. Both courses were aimed at supporting Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel in their transition back into civilian life.
Harry also completed work experience with an organisation involved in military recruitment. This work experience led to him being offered permanent employment and he continued to work for them from August 2014 to April 2015.
Harry decided to take some time away from employment to help with his transition from the Army and his mental well-being and spent three months in-between jobs.
In July 2015, Harry was offered permanent employment with Babcock International, as a Training Planner working at MoD Lyneham. This is home of the Defence College of Technical Training which delivers technical training to personnel from all three Services. Harry is responsible for scheduling the training courses and ensuring the instructors are available and the timetables are correct.
Harry enjoys this work and is aware of the opportunities for career progression within the organisation.
Harry was referred to Walking With The Wounded’s Head Start programme by Hidden Wounds. He was offered private therapy close to his home and Harry said that being referred to a therapist so quickly helped him a lot. The sessions he received helped him develop the coping mechanisms to support him when experiencing a panic attack.
Harry said that his biggest achievement has been finding the courage to speak to someone, and seeking help. He now has a better understanding of mental health and is able to identify his issues. He knows that things can get better. Harry said he no longer shy’s away from things and that he is able to open up more.
Harry said: “Asking for help is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it does work….talking helps”.
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