Matt Hughes

The Medicine Ball Challenge

One in four adults experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do. Talking openly about we feel can help.

The challenge involves cuffing a 3kg Medicine Ball to my wrist for 7 days. It may not sound that heavy but being tied to the medicine ball continuously for 7 days is a significant burden. The ball becomes a physical, visual and tangible representation of the invisible burden of mental health so many of us can experience.

The challenge raises money for the following charities. Any support you can offer will be gratefully received and split evenly between the causes.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Combat Stress

My Updates

My past, my present and my future

My past: 
I joined the army on 8th September 2003. Dropped off at Warrington Bank Quay train station by my granny and grandad I started my armed forces career. Initially joining the Royal Corp of Signals I re traded to the Royal Army Medical Corps - Combat Medical Technician. 
During my time in the army I was posted all over the UK meeting some great people. 
After deploying to Afghanistan 3 times - Herrick 7, Herrick 10 and Herrick 12 I was discharged from the army in January 2016 with PTSD. 
The years passed and the PTSD didn’t get any easier, after copious amounts of therapy, trials of drugs, an attempt at my own life and a re diagnosis of complex PTSD I have learnt to accept my diagnosis. 

My present: 
Currently living in the North East, I lost my assistance dog in the summer of 2021. It was like losing my right arm, the stress and grief associated with it was crippling. Along with the withdrawal in Afghanistan and what was on the news my mental health deteriorated again. 
After qualifying as a teacher with the Troops to Teachers route I have been teaching for the past 5 years. It has been an uphill struggle and daily battle every single day. 

My future:
I can’t predict the future but one thing I can predict is that the hopelessness doesn’t last forever. 
My main goals: get fit for 2022 and be more adventurous 

Thank you to my Sponsors

£52

Timothy David Dennington

£20

Philip Jones

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