Ben believes the worst thing you can do is to cut all ties from the military once you leave, saying it is important to stay around people you know and who you served with, especially your ‘oppos’ and most importantly not to isolate yourself.
He added: “Many people who leave the service often lose the support network afterwards.
“A few texts or calls from oppos isn’t enough to engage with someone who is thinking of killing themselves, or struggling.
“You are forgotten after the military, which is natural and we know the organisation has to carry on.
“But there is still more that should be done for the families and veterans who have given their lives to their cap badges and serving their country.
“There should be shoulder to shoulder support for every veteran, and every serving member of the armed forces, so that people feel far more comfortable speaking out."
“I am so glad I put my hand up, and found myself with Jamie Sanderson from Rock 2 Recovery. He helped me even within one session. It is finding that courage to put your hand up.”