Veterans Prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro

Published on 4 September 2019

Veterans Prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro

Two ex-military men are preparing to climb up the highest mountain in Africa.

James Rose and Darren Young will be part of a team of five.

James lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in 2009 while Darren was medically discharged after 16 years with the RAF.

The aim of the climb is to raise awareness for mental health.

"Once you start getting mental health problems, you can’t really ignore that," James said.

"It kind of takes over your life if you don’t control it."

For Darren, this is something he has thought about for a long time: "It’s been one of those bucket list things that I have wanted to do for quite some time. You never think that you are going to get around to doing it.”

"You watch television and there are certain things you watch where you go, I would love to do that, but I can’t because I have a bad back. Well, hold on, why can’t I do that?

"I suffer with depression. That’s a mind game you have to overcome to make sure your physical state is ready to go up this mountain."

 

Source extract: Forces Network 03 September 2019

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