The Former Lance Corporal was discharged in 2000 suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), brought on by, he said, “after one too many traumatic events”.
Sean’s discharge and diagnosis left him in a pit of despair, feeling worthless, hopeless and empty. Fighting with all these emotions on a daily basis, his biggest challenge was finding a will to carry on. He said: “I struggled to socialise, had no self-worth, a lack of confidence. I got to a point where I had to end it all. It was very hard to cope with.”
Sean, who is now a grandfather, recognises that PTSD is not just a struggle for him. While things were at their toughest, Sean’s family suffered too: “My partner and family have been through hell. But no matter what, they are there for me, and I now realise this.
“I'm getting there, with help from my friends, family and Help for Heroes. After I tried to end my life, I realised I'm not what I thought I was and that life is for living.”
Sean has accessed a range of the Charity’s support services during his recovery journey, including the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers fellowship. He has seen a massive improvement in his overall wellbeing after joining the support network.
“Since finding the Band of Brothers, and the way they interact and just have time to listen and talk no matter what, and the wonderful events they put on for us – well, words are not enough. I don't think I could thank them enough.”
Sean recently took part in the 2017 Dawn Raid South. The 100 mile challenge saw Help for Heroes beneficiaries, volunteers and supporters cycle from London to Portsmouth, conquering Box Hill in Surrey along the way, to raise money for the Charity.
Sean said of the challenge: “I want to give something back. Cycling is good for the mind and body, to challenge yourself. Plus you meet guys and girls that have gone through the same and worse. They’ve come through it, and I guess they are my inspiration.”