An army veteran from Sheffield, who says he owes his life to an armed forces charity, says more awareness of mental health support among former soldiers is desperately needed.
Darren Parker, who served in Northern Ireland and then the Bosnian War during the 1990s, is speaking out after two of his former comrades took their own lives in our region last year.
The 46-year-old father-of-two attempted to end his life two years ago - prompting the Project Nova outreach initiative to step in and help turn his life around.
Figures obtained by ITV News show that nationally 80 current or former service personnel died due to suicide in 2018, while so far this year nine have done the same.
Project Nova is a national scheme to which police refer veterans, who either end up in custody or are identified as vulnerable.
Teresa Hodgson, who covers North Lincolnshire, East and South Yorkshire for the organisation, helps around 50 people at a time rebuild their lives by advocating for them.
She does everything from help them to access health services to help them figure out how to repay debt and secure accommodation.
Ms Hodgson started working for Project Nova 18 months ago after her son developed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder on his return from serving in Afghanistan.
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