Big White Wall
Help for Heroes is proud to be supporting Big White Wall, an online early intervention service for people in psychological distress. The Help for Heroes grant has enabled Big White Wall to offer mental health support to Servicemen, women and their families, free of charge.
Help for Heroes understands that wounds sustained on the battlefield or in training are not only physical and that the real battle for those affected in Service, often begins at home. Through partnerships with charities such as Big White Wall and Combat Stress, Help for Heroes is able to offer support to those suffering from mental illness, safe in the knowledge that they will be looked after by experts.
Loren is a member of the Help for Heroes Band of Sisters. She was just 18 when her husband Jordan was blown up during a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.
Despite injuries to his chest, arm and legs, Jordan bravely returned to Afghanistan to finish his tour of duty once doctors deemed him physically able. A year later, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Loren says: 'We were both only 18 at the time and even though the physical scars soon healed, my husband was diagnosed with PTSD and the life together we’d imagined was taken away from us. Watching the man I loved disappear altogether was the hardest part and I felt like I was grieving for the man that had left for Afghanistan, even though he was physically still here.
'It was incredibly difficult to be his main support whilst also struggling to complete my university studies and feeling and immense sense of isolation.
'Becoming a member of the Band of Sisters has been amazing and a huge morale boost for me – I only wish I’d found them sooner.
'They encouraged me to join a support network called Big White Wall – an online community with professional counsellors available 24/7 that, thanks to a grant from H4H, is free to veterans, serving personnel and their families. Through them, I’ve learned how to stay positive and remain strong for my husband.'
If you are a member of the Armed Forces community and need to talk to someone, visit Big White Wall and see how they can help you.