Lisa KirkpatrickLisa Kirkpatrick’s husband Gary had an accident on an army training exercise. Engaged at the time and with a new baby, Lisa struggled to cope and Gary's mental health was suffering. Watch as Lisa describes the support they received from Help for Heroes' Band of Sisters which led to her becoming an ambassador for the charity.
Lisa Kirkpatrick – Film 1Lisa Kirkpatrick is married to Gary who served in the Royal Logistics Corps. Lisa was always prepared for the possibility of moving around with the army as well as the implications of Gary being deployed to a warzone. Watch as Lisa recalls how Gary was involved in an accident when they were still engaged.
Lisa Kirkpatrick – Film 2Lisa Kirkpatrick's fiance Gary was taking part in a training exercise near Aldershot when Lisa got a call saying he had broken his arm. It turned out to be far more serious. Gary had an open fracture which had severed his artery and partially severed some of the nerves between his thumb and fingers. Listen as Lisa describes how Gary's recovery journey was a true test of their relationship.
Lisa Kirkpatrick – Film 3After Lisa Kirkpatrick's fiance Gary had badly damaged the nerves in his arm, his mental health and mood started to deteriorate. Losing his temper very quickly over the smallest things, Gary would jump at the sound of sirens leading to a diagnosis of PTSD. Watch as Lisa recalls an occasion where Gary curled up in a ball crying uncontrollably, and how the stress of the situation took its toll on her as well.
Lisa Kirkpatrick – Film 4Lisa Kirkpatrick's husband Gary has had CBT and EMDR treatment for his PTSD, and although he still has mental health issues, he manages them much better. Gary now fells trees for a living - the outdoors lifestyle suits him well. Listen as Lisa talks about how Gary's PTSD has affected their daughters, and how they are fully aware of their dad's mental health issues; but how it will affect them in later life waits to be seen.
Lisa Kirkpatrick – Film 5Lisa Kirkpatrick is now an ambassador for Help for Heroes' Band of Sisters, and her husband Gary is proud of her role. Watch as Lisa describes how she feels isolated from family, and avoids discussing their situation with friends, but the support of the Band of Sisters is there whenever they need it.
Lisa Kirkpatrick’s husband Gary had an accident on an army training exercise. Engaged at the time and with a new baby, Lisa struggled to cope and Gary’s mental health was suffering.
Watch as Lisa describes the support they received from Help for Heroes’ Band of Sisters which led to her becoming an ambassador for the charity.