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Community investment helps ex-armed forces personnel

3 August 2016

Community investment helps ex-armed forces personnel

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Battling On received £2,415 for 10 workshops for a 2-day Ecotherapy Taster course for people with mental health problems. Battling On supports ex-armed forces personnel back into civilian life. Often, military life does not prepare people for the difficulties encountered whilst establishing themselves back into civilian life and mental health issues start to appear.

Ecotherapy improves mental and physical wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors doing gardening, food growing or environmental conservation work and other activities in nature. Many mental health suffers are having to wait 6 months to see a councillor and a year for a psychiatrist. The delay in care often leads to further isolation. This project will allow individuals to interact with other sufferers and helps to reduce their isolation. The programme will be designed to give sufferers coping strategies, develop self-confidence and improve self-esteem in a relaxed environment.

One of the participants said "I thought my life was pretty much over, nobody knew what was going through my head. I hated my life. The good thing about here is nobody judges you, everyone is equal, we’ve all got problems and its really good being able to talk about them without people judging you... I wish I had found out about this years ago."