TIMOTHY EVERS, BCAh
Tim lost a friend and fellow Veteran in 2014, who took his own life suffering from PTSD. Tim was shocked but found that veterans had very few options of help or support. He created Sapper Support, the UK’s only 24/7 PTSD Helpline staffed solely by veterans.
With veterans taking calls, callers are engaging with like-minded individuals who know where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. This innovative use of volunteers creates an almost instant bond with callers, putting them at ease and helping to calm and reassure them.
To make the most of his resources, Tim, a full-time fire-fighter, recognised that his volunteers were predominantly emergency services staff, so Sapper Support became a helpline/charity for veterans and 999 staff able to speak to both communities with the same empathy and knowledge.
Tim suffered with depression in 2007 and attempted to take his own life twice. Now he has used that and the loss of his friend to make something worthwhile for others suffering in silence.
Tim has personal insight into what his callers are feeling which this gives him and the volunteers he trains, unparalleled empathy when it comes to giving help and advice.
Nominated by: Sally Evers