The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 41

PROUD SPONSORS OF LOCKEX 2018 illness, living with a lot of guilt and slowly withdrew into myself. I had seen and done enough in the military but had never dealt with it for whatever reason. I had been diagnosed with issues back in the early 90s but in those days, not much was done about it and it was a simple case of ‘man up’. It all came to a head a couple of years ago, when I got to the darkest place I’ve ever been. I tried to get help from a big charity but they said it would take four weeks to get an appointment. I left that place, planning to take my own life the next day. That night I went to a business networking meeting, and by pure chance the guest speaker was Danny Sculthorpe, an ex-pro rugby league player, who was telling his story as part of the State of Mind charity. That talk simply saved my life; something flicked a switch inside me and I went to the toilet and cried my eyes out. The next day I went to the doctors and told him what I had been planning to do that day. At an emergency NHS appointment with the military veterans service, I scored the highest you could on its assessment scale. I have now completed just under 18 months of therapy, and while I have not finished and still have a long way to go, I can safely say that every day’s a good day no matter how bad I feel. A lot of my friends didn’t get to grow old so now I celebrate life.” 6. THE WAR AGAINST MENTAL ILLNESS “I now dedicate my spare time to the Veterans Garage and am doing more and more for mental health. I’m not a born- again therapist but as someone who has been to the dark place and seen no way back, I am proof there is hope. I give talks and briefs for the Garage, and I also coach mental toughness for whoever needs it, whether it be commercial or individual. There is a lot to be said for changing a negative mindset. For years I thought I could fix myself, but that just made it worse. My priority in life is to do my bit, and if I can save one person like Danny did for me, then that’s a win.” LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 LOCKEX2018 PREVIEW • 41 7. ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD “Looking ahead, there is possibly another series of SASWDW but nothing confirmed as of yet, plus another TV show with me and some other guys. Then there is more Breakpoint UK, with Ollie, Dean and the gang. I’m also being asked to do more awareness talks and mental toughness coaching, including looking at going into prisons to help staff and former soldiers serving sentences to try and get them prepared for outside life again. I’m also looking at working with Commando Joe’s founder and doing some commercial work there so a busy year ahead, but very exciting.” Jason will be at Lockex 2018 – Security & Fire Safety this 8th, 9th and 10th June. To find out more about his charity work visit www.veteransgarage.co.uk. Instagram @Mentality_chat