Jakob Ricketts stands at ease in his ceremonial uniform.

To the edge and back: A soldier’s story

Six months ago, Corporal Jakob Ricketts of 16 Medical Regiment in the British Army, couldn’t imagine any future for himself. Now, he has earned a promotion while helping people in the Falklands deal with Covid-19. Here Jakob shares his personal mental health journey and how his Defence colleagues helped him through.

“My decline started around age 14. I was the sole witness to my father’s death…



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