After spending the first eight years of his military career in an infantry regiment, Sergeant Nick Wadey transferred to the Royal Military Police. During his career he served on operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whilst on Op Herrick 14 in Afghanistan, Nick’s colleagues noticed a change in him – he had stopped eating, lost a lot of weight and became very reserved. After seeking medical help Nick was sent back to Germany, where he was based at the time, and placed under the care of DCMH - the military mental health team where he was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, dissociation and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Nick says: “I have often been overseas at Christmas time, so it has never been the same. I’m not great in large social situations now so at Christmas time I withdraw from a lot of things. I need to have routine during the festive season or I become very detached from people and social gatherings".
Nick became involved with Help for Heroes through the Core Recovery Events run by the Military at the Help for Heroes Tedworth House Recovery Centre. Nick says: “Tedworth House has been fabulous. Everybody is respectful of one another and their injury or illness. I’ve been involved in a variety of activities that I’ve had to focus on mentally–which helps with both my Tinnitus and PTSD".
“Over the Christmas period I know that I can continue with some of the crafts I’ve been making at Tedworth House, which will keep me occupied and stop me over-thinking. I’ve had relaxation classes which have helped me sleep, as I suffer from night terrors, and being able to relax beforehand often helps. The support I’ve had from Help for Heroes is outstanding, and I’m now looking forward to the future.”