The London Wellbeing and Creativity Week starts next month and British Army veteran and military charity worker Shaun Johnson will be part of it. Shaun will be the focus of a short film and panel discussion focusing on the Arts and how acting changed his life.

A veteran of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, active tours of duty saw Shaun deployed to West Belfast, HMP Maze and County Tyrone.

"They were very busy tours, always something going on and lads died. It was a hard thing to adjust to."

He left the military after suffering a crush injury to his hand 12 years into an intended 22-year career.

"Going back to a world, 12 years I'd left behind, civvy street, completely different and that's when I started to struggle but I kept it internal."

Shaun attempted suicide twice but with the support of his wife Joan and a love of acting he was able to face his mental health problems and begin his recovery.

The former soldier joined Richard Hatch and Verity Geere on the Breakfast Show to talk about his battle with depression on his return to civvy street and how acting has helped him escape ‘mind-frag’ - a constant battle of paranoia and hypervigilance.

London Wellbeing and Creativity Week runs from 12th to 18th June 2017

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