I am a former gambler and veteran. My gambling started quite young with fruit machines. At 19 I didn't do well at school and decided to join the army, which had always been what I had wanted to do. I had a short, traumatic time in the army and was experiencing many mental health issues. My gambling increased during this time, as I used it as a way to escape but twice it took me to the brink of suicide. Now I want to use my lived experience to save others. This is my story.