Folks, May I lend your eyes for a minute and ask you to cast your eyes over this. Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes or so to read. After leaving the military I joined the Police. As part of the specialist role I was employed to carry out, a rather unpleasant byproduct was I came into regular contact with dead bodies. I was subsequently deployed as one of the first officers into the heinous MEN arena attack. A night that will never leave me. I became passionate about mental health awareness. Particularly with former colleagues & oppos from my time in the Army. (I was a combat medic attached to the infantry) Mental health awareness in the military is coming on leaps & bounds. The stigma is slowing chipping away, which is fantastic. As this forum hosts an array of young people who are to become our next generation of soldiers, commandos, Naval ranks I wanted to share. There is no weakness in having mental health issues. Even in recruit training, you may feel low. It might be just the fact it is your first time away from home & coming to terms with the change in lifestyle. But look out for eachother. You’ll be better troops for it! Talk to an oppo you feel needs a helping hand. Don’t shy away from it or label them as broken. Often a chat & a brew (sorry a wet....) is all it takes. Royal Marines in particular in my experience have a cracking appreciation of the power of mentality. As part of a bit of expression therapy I wrote a short blog for the mental heath foundation once. Obviously I had to “civilianise” it a tad for dirty rotten civvies. But the message, I hope, is clear. I will post below. Thanks all. Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. Have a google as there may be stuff in your local area going on.