According to recent study, some 50,000 armed forces veterans are coping with mental health conditions in the UK, with 6,000 having no permanent address.
As well as helping veterans with PTSD and drug and alcohol misuse, Outside The Wire works with Housing Organisations and local councils to get some of these Veterans off the streets and into accommodation.
In ex-Army Veteran Jack’s case, despite receiving help for his PTSD, he was forced out of his flat illegally by individuals who threatened violence against him if he didn’t give up his home for the distribution of illegal substances (Cuckooing).
Jack who was now homeless and fearful for his life since reporting the incident to the local constabulary, approached his recovery practitioner for Outside the Wire. Under the advice from the Police, and with support from Outside the Wire, Local City Housing was contacted and temporary accommodation was sourced. Further to this an application was submitted for Jack to be rehoused in an alternative location.
Thankfully Jack now has a brighter future to look forward to and has been recently allocated a new address to move into. He continues to receive support for his PTSD but is looking forward to continuing to rebuild his life again in his new residence.
Can you help us to help more veterans like Jack in 2020?
Outside the Wire is run by veterans, for veterans. The service covers Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex, and supports veterans affected by drug/alcohol misuse and PTSD, as well as their family members and serving personnel.
Each year, Outside the Wire provides confidential one-to-one support, group sessions, and activities to over 120 beneficiaries.