Mentoring For Ex Soldiers In Wales

1 October 2014, 17:40

There is extra support for people suffering with mental health problems after coming out of the army.

The Change Step programme - where veterans mentor each other - is being rolled out across Wales

Sandy is a veteran, living in Swansea. He said: "I ended up in trouble with the police, sitting in a police cell wondering "what the hell happened there?"

"I previously had good character, i'd never been in trouble before in my life, I was a guy of middle age, had a good career and suddenly i'm in a prison cell, not knowing why or how."

"When you've got someone sitting in the chair who is a PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) sufferer - and then I disclose that i've got PTSD - the emotional armour from them drops and you're able to engage on a better level."

As well as mental health support - mentors also working alongside drug and alcohol charities.

There's also advice on everyday things - like how to pay a bill.

You can find out more about Change Step here: http://www.changestepwales.co.uk/

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