Solid Grounds Story began in Sep 2013 to provide a pioneering new service for ex-Service personnel throughout Scotland & the UK who are transitioning from the military back into civilian life.
The Solid Grounds founder left the British Army in 2004 after serving in Op Telic (Gulf War II). For the next 4 years that followed, he experienced challenges including various addictions, unemployment, homelessness, PTSD, depression & 3 failed suicide attempts.
Understanding of the difficulties that can be faced throughout this major life transition is the passion behind everything that Solid grounds does.
Whilst most do well outside of Military life, those that do struggle are often unsure about where to go for practical support (online or offline).
Although CTP support is available for all those leaving the forces, it’s often not until years later that many ex-Military understand the value in this, which leaves many at a loss.
The Forces charitable community provides great assistance throughout Scotland, however, the extent of the problems that ex-Service personnel face cannot always be fully appreciated by those who haven’t experienced the transition firsthand.
As the forces mentality is ‘servicemen look after their own’, Solid Grounds operates on the basis of ex-Service personnel delivering appropriate transition training support to other ex-Service personnel who haven’t yet made it.
Although there are many organisations that provide therapeutic services such as CBT, counselling or general lifestyle management courses, the Solid Grounds approach is to only provide educational resources for ex-Service personnel who are already fully committed to making a successful lifestyle transition.
A video about how although it only takes a day to leave the Military, it can takes ‘years’ for the Military to leave us!
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Video about who we are as a charity, our backstory, what we do and what our plans are for the future.