Former British Army corporal, Daniel Phillips continues to advocate how sport has helped him cope with PTSD and anxiety issues that developed after having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Father-of-four Dan, who has a spinal cord injury, was proud to represent Team UK at the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018, winning a silver medal. He recalls: “Taking part in the Invictus Games 2018 was a terrifying (I embarrassed myself before the closing ceremony when I had a huge anxiety attack) but incredible experience.
Beforehand I was quite insular and isolated myself from the rest of the world. I struggled with depression, lack of motivation and anxiety. Since taking part I feel like I've grown quite a bit as a person and my confidence has started to rise again.” “I have had the pleasure of visiting multiple schools and social clubs in the local area and giving talks on the Invictus Games, overcoming adversity and determination. I've been quite taken back by the number of people calling me and my story inspiring and the amount of Invictus athletes at the trials in Sheffield that said I had inspired them to be there”.
More determined and focused than ever, 37 year old Dan is passionate about the recovery benefits as a result of his Invictus journey; “I'm going to continue spreading the word of how incredible the Invictus Games is as well as talking about overcoming adversity, PTSD and how I've coped with my own mental health issues and what coping mechanisms I use. I firmly believe that the best path for my Personal Recovery Journey lies with inspiring others to take part in sport, living life to its fullest and that mental health is the key to succeeding in that goal.”