Cut the Clock

Will you help us call time on Mental Health Stigma? In December, we commissioned a study to look at how long it takes Veterans to reach out for mental health support. The results suggest that on average, they take four years* to come forward.

We believe this is too long.


This is our Stigma Clock, which is being projected across the UK and highlights the 4-year wait.

The delay in Veterans reaching out is partly due to believing civilian services will not understand or support them (28%)* and a fear of being treated differently by friends (25%)*.

Together, we helped 4,194 additional wounded, injured and sick individuals between August 2017 and August 2018. We know that for many, the wait was far longer than 4 years… We also know there are still thousands who are out there, struggling in silence and unable to come forward.

But you can help us cut this clock, reduce the time it's taking Veterans to come forward and help end mental health stigma. Whether it's by sharing the message with your friends and family, hosting your own fundraising event or donating - together we can call time on stigma.

We need your support so that we can show our Heroes we’re here for them, as soon as they need us.

*Results from a survey commissioned by Help for Heroes, December 2018

Help us call time on stigma. Click below to get involved and cut the clock:


Help us tell our Heroes they are not alone. Download images to share across your social media channels. Spread the message and help us end the stigma associated with asking for help.



Donate today and help us cut the clock, and encourage Veterans to come forward before it's too late.





Show your support for Heroes in your community. Sign up to or organise a fundraising event in your area and help end stigma. 


We need your support so we can be there for Veterans like John, Luke, Mark, Nick and Pav.

Read their stories:

John Owens

Help for Heroes


“Eventually I reached out, and the support I received was unbelievable.”

Luke Sinnott

Help for Heroes


“Mentally adapting to losing both legs is a lifelong process”

Mark Beckham

Help for Heroes


“There were people sitting outside the pub with their drinks and laughing and joking and I’m sitting there fighting back the tears, unable to get my head around things.”

Nick Martin

Help for Heroes


“PTSD is a nasty condition that eats away at you without you knowing it. It took me 34 years to even know that’s what I had and see that it was ruining my life.”

Andrew 'Pav' Taylor

Help for Heroes


“For a long time, I thought I could fix myself”

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Read more about this issue facing Veterans: 

Click here if you, or someone you know, would benefit from our support.

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