ShellShock… The Impact on Families and Carers with Expert Panel Q&A

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We are thrilled to announce that in conjunction with Shell Shock Media CIC, Changing Minds – Changing Lives and SSAFA that the on-line adaptation of the award winning Shell Shock play starring Tim Marriott will be shown on Wednesday 31 March 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00.  The play depicts one veteran’s experience of trauma and mental ill health and the impact of this on their return to civilian life. 

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session with a range of experts with a focus on the impact these topics have on family members and carers:

  • Diane Palmer – Diane has spent 28 years working as a nurse, social worker and therapist. She managed the MOD mental health social work service nationally before founding the awarding winning NHS Veterans Mental Health Services across the Midlands and East.  Diane is now leading on trauma informed care and veterans at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and remains a Director of www.changingmindschanginglives.co.uk
  • Jane Burt – Jane is the Carers & Families and Mental Health Lead for the Sussex and Kent & Medway Armed Forces Networks and has 20 years of experience working for voluntary sector and statutory services; including working with both mental health service users and their friends and families to ensure they receive appropriate and timely support. She has personal experience of both mental ill health and caring responsibilities. Jane is a strong advocate for ensuring that carers and supporters have their voices heard and listened to.
  • Jo Jukes – Jo is a qualified teacher, specialising in SEND, the Founder and Executive Director of For The Fallen, a member of the Armed Forces PPV Panel, Charity Ambassador and a member of the West Midlands Consortium and Birmingham Council Armed Forces Covenant Panel. Jo was a carer for her daughter who suffered from mental health issues and also a carer for her husband, Dave, who had severe, chronic service attributed PTSD before his suicide in 2018. She is an advocate of collaborative working and using lived experience to inform policies and procedures in order to feed into suicide prevention, while raising the voices of those who have been bereaved by suicide within the military community.
  • Becky Crichton – The Ripple Pond, Marketing and Communications. Being brought up in a military family and living on various RAF bases it was inevitable that she married into the RAF. As a military spouse Becky has a true insight into the ups and down of what supporting someone in the military can entail. Becky is keen to raise the importance of the need for support for the Armed Forces family, whoever they are and wherever they may be.
  • Tim Marriott – Tim Marriott directs and performs Shell Shock, debuted in Edinburgh with Army@TheFringe prior to a tour across Australia supporting the Invictus Games. He has received awards including the Sunday Mail, New York Fringe Encore and Best Male Solo at Adelaide. Tim is probably best known for BBC TV’s sit-com The Brittas Empire, as deputy manager, Gavin. Other TV credits include Allo Allo, and The Bill.

The performance will take place on Wednesday 31 March 2021 via Crowdcast from 14:00 to 16:00 and you can book your free place via the link below:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/shellshocklive/register

If you haven’t already heard about the Shell Shock play you can find out more via http://www.shellshock.org.uk/