Joining the Royal Navy in 1974, Roy Taylor spent much of his career in the submarine service at the height of the Cold War. But following a training accident that went seriously wrong, Roy started having nightmares and sleep problems. When he approached the Navy for help he was told to “go home, have a drink and get a grip”.
Years after retiring from service, Roy’s sleep problems were so severe they were ruining his health and family life; and he suffered a serious heart attack.
After being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Roy began working with one of our occupational therapists to improve his sleep; and he was one of the first to use the new sensory room at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.
“Within 20 minutes of being in the Sensory Room I was out of it. Help for Heroes devised a new sleep and relaxation routine with me and I am still using it now. If my body is rested, I am more willing to talk to people and the world is a happier place.
“Slowly, using what Help for Heroes taught me, I’ve managed to pick myself up.”
Through our creative arts activities Roy has also discovered a love of art and poetry as a way to express and manage his emotions.
“Although our country is not involved in major conflicts at present those wounded in service, and their families, will need life-long support.
“A gift in your Will will ensure Help for Heroes is there for them and for future generations of those wounded in service to their country.”