Need a Mental Health Buddy?

A former gunner has set up an initiative to help veterans with mental health issues in his hometown of Barrow-in-Furness.

Tony McNally has introduced a buddy system whereby ex-Service personnel give up their time to talk to others.

Working closely with local authorities and healthcare professionals, the volunteers are on standby to provide extra support to those who find themselves in a dark place.

McNally also contacted the town’s sports teams for free tickets for veterans, with rugby league outfit Barrow Raiders the first to get on board.

“I have found that when I attend a sporting event, I forget all about my own PTSD and other worries,” he said.

McNally has set up a Facebook page – Furness and South Lakes Buddy Buddy Mental Health Group.

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