By Ibraham Jobe
The sky’s the limit for one passionate local, Paris Nevin, who is preparing to skydive out of a 10,000ft high plane to mark the launch of Stand Down – a new independent military charity that offers psychological support to armed forces, set up in memory of her uncle Anthony Jeng.
The 17-year-old student from Wiltshire will be doing her tandem jump on Saturday at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire.
She will be joined for the double jump by B*Witched pop star, Keavy Lynch, who is the official patron of Stand Down and a qualified Humanistic Counsellor. Paris will be taken on the skydive by her grandpa, Lt Col (Retired) Michael Jeng MBE.
Stand Down was founded by Paris’s mother Kyna Jeng. This followed the death of Kyna’s brother Tony, a Royal Engineer, who suffered from debilitating mental trauma as a result of military combat.
This online service offers immediate and accessible vital trauma recovery and support to its service users, from qualified, regulated and highly experienced mental health practitioners. This service will encourage those who are reluctant or unable to access therapy easily, such as the physically injured, those with young families and active duty personnel. Early intervention can prevent mental health issues having such a devastating impact upon service users’ lives.
Kyna said: “I’m very proud of my brave daughter for coming up with the idea of a skydive and volunteering herself to commemorate the launch of Stand Down.”
A recent study reveals that 25 years of wars has left 83,000 British troops with mental or physical injuries and that nine in 10 of the 83,000 troops affected were likely to have mental issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Paris said: “I’m extremely passionate about offering our armed forces the support and help they need to overcome any trauma they have suffered, mental or physical, as a result of their services. There is often a reluctance to seek help in military environments and by encouraging early intervention we can prevent more serious issues further down the line.”
There will be a national launch for Stand Down in the House of Lords on Thursday 4 February.