Richard Mearns served as a Combat Medical Technician British Army, in 2009 as a result of his military service hw was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder “PTSD” after a visit to Combat Stress.

in 2010 PTSD would take Richard to the brink of suicide, he prepared and planned but was brought back from the brink.

Richard is now partnered with a a PTSD assistance dog named Ziggy, since having Ziggy by his side he has gone from strength to strength. He has battled on with his PTSD and learnt how to use the resilience he gained in the military.

As an advocate for mental health and discrimination Richard openly challenges the stigma of mental health and talks openly on how resilience and positive growth mindset changed his direction.

Richard stands up for discrimination and has appeared on the News and in podcasts talking about his experience, he continues to share his story and inspire others to work with their mental health and not fear their demons but to use them positively