Richard Mearns

Richard Mearns

Born in South London, Richard left college and with no qualifications he lost his direction. Working in a local supermarket, he applied to join the Army and was rejected on medical grounds. Richard waited and successfully reapplied and joined the British Army as a Combat Medical Technician in 2001.

Richard deployed on exercises to Kenya and Canada later deploying on Operation Telic on the invasion of Iraq. It was during this time Richard was exposed to numerous high stress situations that unbeknownst to him would return to haunt him and take him to the brink of suicide.

Diagnosed with PTSD in 2009 after a friend guided him to Combat Stress, Richard had an assistance dog Ziggy placed with him and it gave him a new lease of life. Enabling him to regain the confidence to regain employment and focus on positive growth Richard and Ziggy have gone from strength to strength and now are taking on new challenges.

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