Watch Andy talk about his own mental health journey through difficulties to Wellbeing.
Despite having served in Afghanistan and a career as a Search and Rescue winchman, the bravest thing Andy has ever done is admitting his own vulnerability.
He has experienced the extremes of emotions.
Euphoria: saving a life after risking his own
Fear: during a flashback to Afghanistan
Despair:when attending many suicide callouts.
Andy has been affected by the cumulative effects of all of these incidents through his work.
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Despite developing resilience through his military service and search and rescue career, Andy has a personal life, like all of us, and that’s where his mental strength has been tested most. Divorce, caring for loved ones through illness, bereavements, building your own business whilst changing jobs, getting promoted and moving home are just some of the things which may be affecting you too, in addition to the challenges and responsibilities of work.
Leading Clinical Governance for half of the UK
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air
Personal Commendation of Commander-in-Chief Air Command
Medical Emergency Response Team (RAF Battlefield rescue helicopter in Afghanistan)
Vodafone Lifesaver of the Year
Being stranded for 6 hours with casualties in a blizzard
Building an AIDS/HIV hospice in Africa
Andy also delivers Human Factors training to NHS clinicians and has delivered face-to-face and online medical training for responders treating civilian casualties in the Syrian crisis.
Find out more about MHFA training with Andy here.