Hi, I’m Aaron, a military and Afghan veteran currently studying a nutrition degree at university and adjusting back to civilian life.
Since my time in Afghanistan and leaving the military I have battled with my own mental health issues suffering with anxieties and depression. I know how hard it can be to open up and let people into your problems with the “man up” stigma within British culture.
Shockingly suicide is the biggest killer of men in the western world. I have recently made it my new mission in life to raise awareness of mental health, help people open up, educate people to understand the signs, and the biggest of all, shed the country of this man up culture.
I think there’s often a time in a person’s life when challenges get too much to deal with. The way with deal with these stresses is different. For me opening up was not something I could do, I didn’t want to feel weak or look like I was losing my own battle.
After sharing my problems with those close around me I realise it only made me stronger and more able to succeed!
I need a little help from you to fund my goals over the next 12 months. I will be cycling the coast to coast route from Morecambe to Bridlington in less than 24 hours, this is usually done in 3 days. Then later in the year heading out Africa with my girlfriend to summit Kilimanjaro.
For these to run smoothly these events need to be funded, we will need teams around us to make sure we are safe and to ensure we make it across the finish line to raise as much money as we can for charity.
This where your contribution will make all of the difference, please help me make that difference.