A worker at Blackpool Vic is to go the extra mile to help people suffering from mental health problems.
Ben Constable, 41, is working shifts as a healthcare assistant with the hope to become a qualified nurse.
He has been motivated to raise money for charities close to his heart to improve mental health care and is running the Frankfurt Marathon later this year.
He said: “I have worked in the Royal Air Force and developed PTSD from my experiences. I also went through a spell of losing people very close to me.
“I also lost one of my close friends who ended his life. He was ex- army and suffered from PTSD. Because of this, I am determined to raise awareness of suicide and support people in talking.
“I suffered from depression and had counselling which the Royal British Legion set up for me. They supported me and guided me into sports training- I am now a qualified personal trainer and I have found this to be really positive for my mental health.
“I am so grateful to the British Legion, the charity, MIND and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. I have received so much support from them, including getting back into work.
“I have always been sporty and I am a very active person. Because of this, I thought it would be great to raise money through challenging myself physically.
“I have completed marathons in the past and also ultra-marathons. I really want to complete the Frankfurt marathon and also to at some time complete an Iron Man (A half Iron Man challenge is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run).
“I am confident in achieving this and I want to raise as much money as possible for the fantastic charities.
“There was a huge stigma attached to talking about feelings, especially with men who can bottle up their emotions.
“I want to raise as much awareness as possible about suicide, especially for males.
“Challenging myself has also helped me and my mental health by having goals and using sport in a positive way to motivate me.”
To donate to Ben’s Go Fund Me page, use this link here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/gcuclan