What inspired you to share your journey and expertise with the public, given your personal experiences in the British Special Forces and battling PTSD?

I am one of the lucky ones. To go through what I have, to be that low, and to turn it around in a natural way like that is almost unheard of. Several close friends were not so lucky and decided this life was not for them. They are my inspiration, and everyone suffering. It's a calling, and I need to expose and inspire my journey to others, to give them drive, give them hope, and show that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"The War Inside" is a powerful title. Can you elaborate on the significance behind it? 

The title came naturally to me. The war only starts on the battlefield, for many there is a never-ending war in the mind. 

How important was it for you to make the content relatable and accessible to readers by intertwining personal stories with advice and strategies? 

It was a necessity, it needed to be an easy read, well-structured and straight to the point. These warriors struggling badly aren't going to read a novel. They need something they can relate to, navigate easily, and get what they need on the spot. This book provides that. 

How has your background in the British Special Forces influenced your approach to healing and dealing with PTSD? 

It has given me a winning mindset, to carry on even when times are tough. ‘If you're going through hell, keep going’ (Churchill). I now use my background as a platform to promote positive mental change and be a visible example of what coming out the other end of the tunnel can be like. 

Why is understanding triggers vital in the realm of mental health, and how can one begin to identify and navigate them? 

Knowing when you are going to snap is vital. You need to leave said environment and enter a safe space. Depending on the circumstance, that place can vary. The book helps guide you on this subject, with identifying what causes you to snap; this is mostly linked to past traumas. Finding the answer for this is often one of the final steps to recovery. Once the answer is found, recovery time increases rapidly.

What advice do you have for those who feel isolated or misunderstood in their struggles with mental health challenges? 

Get outside, Practice breathing techniques. You can change a mood instantly with this. You will be misunderstood, if someone hasn't experienced what you have or suffered from mental health themselves, chances are they can't relate. Seek positivity, search Tony Robbins (he is on YouTube). Keep pushing. 

How do you view the current state of mental health awareness and resources in today's society, and what changes would you like to see? 

"It has come a long way. In previous generations, post-war veterans' traumas are not spoken about. I find it disgusting. It still has a long way to go, though—a long way. The general answer to the public is pills and occasional therapy. I do not see any long-term cures without finding the source of the problem. Likewise, with the military, they need to take responsibility and make the soldiers feel welcome to talk without penalizing them for it."

What guidance would you give to friends or family members who want to support someone struggling with PTSD or other mental health challenges? 

Buy my book, check in on them but don't be overwhelmed. Help them to find a WHY! 

After completing "The War Inside," do you have plans for any follow-up projects or resources? 

Yes, I have another book of memoirs being written now which will have in detail my journey of mental health. If a reader has a direct question, they can contact me direct on Instagram (@farleyboad)

10.   What is the one message or piece of advice you hope readers carry with them as they navigate their own mental health journeys? Keep going. Win. Win at all costs. Your best days are still ahead of you.