Mental Health Support in the Armed Forces.

For me anything regarding mental health support, especially Depression and Anxiety I like to share where I can and share my own experiences to help raise awareness and in hope that those who read can relate to, so they know they are not alone in this. Remember #ItsOktoNotBeOk.

Mental health matters and this story of former soldier Sam Freeman and his quest in higher education to help with mental health support in the armed forces is inspirational.
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If you would like to take a look back and read what I have shared Previously about my own experiences of struggling with my Mental Health and other Mental Health related Posts you can find them all in the Mental Health Category.

Now onto why I am sharing this with you, it just goes to show how small the world really is. I actually lose count of how many Press Release and marketing emails I receive on a Daily Basis. Many of them are replied to politely with a not suitable esk response but some are very much on topic and subject for the type of content I like to share with you all on here.

Now I live in Scarborough with my Family as you will maybe have read in my About Me Page, if you haven’t go and give it a read. As I mentioned we live in a Small world, I received this Press Release and story regarding a Former Soldier Named Sam Freeman.

Now it actually turns out that Sam is very local to me, also in Scarborough and is on a quest to retrain and seek further Education at the Coventry University Campus we have here in Scarborough. Now this is where the World gets even Smaller. My amazing other half who has worked super hard this last year also is part way through her journey at the same University as a Student Nurse.

Now with this relating to Mental Health Support and from so close to home I just had to share it with you all because what Sam is aiming for is truly amazing and inspiring.

Scarborough student on quest to transform mental health support in the armed forces.  

Former soldier Sam Freeman is on a quest to transform attitudes and help support mental health in the military services after seeing friends he served with lose their own fight.  The 45-year-old served in the armed forces for 18 years, working as a chef as well as providing advanced training to troops and civilians, helping to teach them how to source food as well as clean water for drinking and washing in survival situations. 

Meet former soldier Sam Freeman who is embarking on an incredible quest in higher education with an aim to help change Mental Health Support in the Armed Forces.
Meet former Soldier Sam Freeman.

Now, he is embarking on a Higher Education journey with CU Scarborough, with hopes of making a crucial impact in the mental health field. After completing an Access to Health and Human Sciences course with CU Scarborough in 2020, Sam is now about to embark on a BSc degree in Applied Psychology, which he hopes will kickstart his bid to help with potentially life-critical mental health support for military workers.

What Sam’s end goal is as I mentioned amazing, I have massive respect for our Service Men and Women, what they do for us and our country is highly respected as I’m sure you will agree. I have 2 Nephews that have served in the Armed Forces, 1 who no longer serves and 1 who is still serving as I write this and I believe he will for many more years to come. Having travelled to many places around the world and served on tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, what they have experienced and seen must be traumatic.

This is one massive reason why I believe Sam’s quest to transform and support in the Mental Health field in the Armed Forces is so important, if he can help make a change and to help change someone’s life around that is inspiring. Sam had the following to say.

“I’ve lost a lot of friends to suicide – particularly people who I served with in the army.
I’ve taken the decision that I have to do something. I’ve seen too many families affected by these issues and it’s time we took the fight to trauma and mental health issues, and that’s why I’m starting my journey in Higher Education to get the experience and knowledge that I need to make a serious difference.   

“I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to set out on a journey like this, but CU Scarborough are giving me that chance, so I want to go all the way and eventually get my doctorate in psychology. I want to be the individual who can make the decisions that can save and change people’s lives. I have my eyes on gaining the position of Consultant Clinical Psychologist one day. That way, I can truly achieve the full potential of aiding not just the Armed Forces, but the Blue Light Services too.”  

Sam Freeman Speaking of his quest to help Transform and support Mental Health in the Armed Forces.

Following his lengthy military career, Sam flew through his year on the access course with CU Scarborough, securing excellent grades and setting himself up to move into the next stage of his inspirational learning journey in September.

I am going to follow Sam’s Quest as I wish him all the best of luck in his Journey through higher education and hopefully in the future I can Update you all with his progress and how he is getting on with this incredible quest.

About CU Scarborough.

CU Scarborough – Image Source Coventry University Group.

CU Scarborough is part of Coventry University Group, offering a range of career-focused courses in a supportive environment, with flexible entry requirements and pathways onto courses providing access to higher education for students from a wider range of backgrounds. 

The Coventry University Group is encouraging those considering a change in career to reach out for help and advice on courses that could assist them with retraining and reskilling. Sam is a fantastic example of someone who is setting out to take full advantage of that offer as he bids to transform his career path in a valiant effort to make a vital impact on mental health support in the armed forces. Find out more about retraining and reskilling with CU Scarborough, CU Coventry and CU London. 

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4 Thoughts to “Mental Health Support in the Armed Forces.”

  1. Great post. What an amazing person. Anyone raising awareness regarding mental health is amazing 🙂 it’s time to speak up and hopefully change things!

    1. Thank you, I’m hoping to keep upto date with how Sam gets on, with being from the same town too it will be interesting.

  2. I wish Sam the best of luck with his quest. I have done some work with Movember about mental health and armed forces personnel and it’s a community that requires more support.

    As someone who also lived nearby, I’m also fascinated to see Coventry University encroaching on Scarobourgh! Sure looks like an impressive building.

    1. The Coventry Uni site is great, they offer a very wide range of various subjects for higher education. Sarah is there too doing her nursing degree and will be moving on to midwifery after.

      It is a fantastic thing he is aiming to achieve. Hoping to keep upto date with Sam and his journey.

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