A FREE service has been set up to help Halton veterans with mental health issues after an ex-soldier lost his life to suicide.

The community service from Caring Connections is being offered to support veterans through targeted counselling, therapy and physical activity programmes.

The service has been set up in memory of John Paul Finnigan who died in 2018.

John, a Liverpool soldier from Huyton, had completed a number of tours overseas in war ravaged areas serving proudly with the 2nd Battalion the Rifles.

After leaving the Army, John suffered with PTSD and even lost close friends through their own PTSD struggles.

Paul Growney, CEO of Caring Connections, said: "We are very proud to launch this service and hopefully it can provide a further support mechanism to those returning home and struggling with civilian life.

"The story of John Paul has really touched our organization and we are honoured to dedicate this service to his name."

Caring Connections, based in Knowsley, has a team of specialists who understand the complex needs specific to veterans and are able to provide a one to one service in a safe, confidential environment.

The therapists are trained in a wide-range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), specialising in supporting clients bereaved through suicide.

All therapists are registered with the BACP Professional Body.

The services are fully funded and free.

If you feel Caring Connections may be able to help contact them on 0151 289 2761 or visit the website.