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.
This is our Stigma Clock, which is being projected across the UK and highlights the 4-year wait.
You can cut the clock and reduce the time it takes for Veterans to come forward by holding your own fundraising event.
Organising an event in your community helps build awareness, brings the community together and raises vitals funds that will help us to help those who need it, much sooner.
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.
But there are still thousands of Veterans out there who are struggling in silence and unable to come forward. With your support, we can reach them together.
Whether you choose to hold a bake sale, do a raffle, skydive, climb a mountain or anything else that takes your fancy, YOUR event will help us call time on stigma.
*Results from a survey commissioned by Help for Heroes, December 2018
Show your support for Heroes in your community. Sign up to or organise a fundraising event in your area and help end stigma.
Donate today and help us cut the clock, and encourage Veterans to come forward before it's too late.
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