towards excessive alcohol consumption. Pete has made me understand like never before the impacts that alcohol can have on my life, my work and family. His help has been brilliant and he also understands the pressures of leaving the service and conveys his messages with an understanding and empathetic tone albeit with a sense of authority which I really needed. His wealth of experience has taught me many things and given me a belief that I have been lacking for a long time ……A believe in myself.
I’m a sufferer of PTSD, depression and anxiety. Pete has built a strong report with me from day one and enabled me to open up about what’s really going on in my life and to take a step back and actually evaluate everything. He has encouraged me to focus on the positive things in my life much more and even offered me a challenge of improving my fitness.
Covid-19 - Since the lock down in March has been in force, mine like so many others lives have been impacted. Pete has gone out of his way to keep me informed of his availability and we have continued to work together via the telephone. This has been a God send. His continued support has kept me level despite a couple of bouts of heavy drinking of which we have discussed, analysed and I’m please to say I have under control. On one occasion when I was having a particular bad time my partner contacted Pete and he immediately called me to discuss the matter and gave me hope.
In reference to Pete encouraging me to exercise and aim for new fitness goals, I have agreed to work towards running a 5k race. I am now on my 4th week of training using the NHS couch to 5k application and have to say despite it’s challenges has help me immensely . Pete and I get on very well and we have much in common. I am making progress with my life because of Pete and hope to be able to continue to have meetings with him for the foreseeable future. He is a fantastic representative for your incredible charity and now my friend.
Thank you for all the help that Outside the wire is giving veterans like myself."
*Names have been changed to protect identity