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Self-help guru Paul McKenna joins forces with Veterans Aid

Self-help guru Paul McKenna joins forces with Veterans Aid

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Celebrity hypnotherapist, wellbeing guru and author Paul McKenna has recorded a series of exclusive personal support messages for the charity Veterans Aid to help them cope with the impact of the pandemic.

The introductions to four of Paul’s signature self-help audio programmes reflect his commitment to helping veterans generally and those in VA’s care specifically.

CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said: “Every resident and member of staff will be able to access these personalised programmes via a gateway on our website. This means that by using phones, tablets, laptop or desktop computers individuals can listen to Paul’s confidence-building programmes privately, at a time and in a place of their choosing.

“The impact of personal encouragement at a time when all our residents, clients and staff are struggling to cope with unprecedented pressures can’t be overstated.

After a visit to the charity’s busy HQ/Operations Centre Paul McKenna said: "I've been working with Veterans for over a decade, treating them for PTSD. I heard about Veterans Aid about a year ago and during my visit to its headquarters in Victoria Square, I was inspired by the work of Hugh Milroy and his incredible colleagues, so I've been looking for a way in which I can help.  

“I very much hope that these four recordings featuring my techniques will benefit both the residents and staff of New Belvedere House, particularly in these very challenging times."

Veterans Aid’s unique Welfare to Wellbeing© pathway is an approach to rebuilding lives that addresses individual needs. It is a multifaceted process that tackles clients’ most immediate problems while incrementally increasing their resilience. 

“Paul McKenna’s programmes for dealing with anxiety, sleep deprivation, lack of confidence and motivation re-enforce and feed into every aspect of what we, as a charity for ex-servicemen and women in crisis, aspire to do” said Dr Milroy. “We are delighted that he has taken such a personal interest in our work and opted to help us in this innovative and practical way.”

In 2020, against the background of a global pandemic, Veterans Aid remained operational – appropriately homing 113 ex-servicemen and women and preventing 114 from becoming homeless. In spite of the restrictions, 1,862 client interactions took place. The number of veterans helped into detox/rehab rose to 70 and 102 were supported into employment or onto training courses. 

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