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Simon Bangert

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of many of our veterans, which is why we are working harder than ever to keep our services running. With your support, we make a promise to be here for our wounded when they need us and for as long as they need us.

Thanks to people like you, former Army veteran Simon Bangert was able to regain his strength after a long fight with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) took him to his lowest.

Simon served for 10 years in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers until 2004, before being medically discharged from service. For the following nine years, Simon battled with the symptoms of his PTSD, whilst also singlehandedly raising his daughter. In 2013, he joined our Band of Brothers fellowship after hearing about it whilst fundraising for us.

’’The support from Help for Heroes has changed my life, that's not an over exaggeration. I had been fighting PTSD and the system for some time,” says Simon.

“The charity has been a huge reason that I continue waking up each day, as it was there when I was at my lowest and signposted me to the support I needed. Help for Heroes gave my daughter a dad that she deserved’’.

Our Hidden Wounds service has helped Simon manage his PTSD, and through an introduction to art therapy he has also discovered the therapeutic benefits of painting and poetry.

“I wrote some (poetry) as a kid, and when I was undergoing therapy I started to use it as a tool to convey feelings and thoughts”, he said. “I use (poetry and drawing) to relax - it allows me to switch off. My only thoughts whilst I'm painting or drawing are on what's going on the paper, not my physical pain or any stressful thoughts’’.

Simon is now a Help for Heroes Ambassador who shares his story with others.

“There are no words that can quantify the gratitude that I and many others feel for the second chance we've been given, all made possible by the supporters of Help for Heroes’’, says Simon.

As Armed Forces Day approaches, show your support for those who give our nation their all. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of requests for help and a 50% increase in the number of veterans who feel they are not managing their mental health well.

They, and their families, need our help now more than ever.

Together, we can help them regain their strength. Together we are stronger.

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