AN army veteran from Litherland wants to reach out and help others in the local area who may be suffering from mental health problems.
Rob McNeill has been inspired to support others as several of his friends who served for the armed forces have tragically taken their own lives over the past ten years.
During lockdown, Rob started to increase his exercise by going on more jogs and cycle rides in an effort to boost his own mental health.
He is urging other people to explore the benefits of exercise because he believes it is a useful way to improve a state of mind.
Rob, who served with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 1986-96, said: “I’ve had many friends I served with commit suicide due to mental health problems and I want to help the many veterans in the Sefton and North Liverpool area.
“My wife and I are foster carers and during lockdown I started cycling to help my mental well being.
“In early August two of my friends had taken their own lives, which made me think about starting an awareness campaign for mental health.
“I decided to start running and cycling every day in September. I run a minimum of 2km and I cycle a minimum of 20km.
“Due to an injury in my right shin running is extremely painful but I still want to do it.
“I post photos and information on my small social media network as well so people can see how I’m doing and get in touch if they want. If veterans want to contact me to arrange an activity that’s fine.”
To get in touch with Rob, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For other support, Veterans in Sefton has established a drop in, telephone or email service for both serving and non-serving personnel. To contact them, call 0151 933 0800.