The Board of Deptherapy has announced that Group Captain Dr Richard Castle has accepted the charity’s invitation to join Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education as one of their patrons.
Richard will be primarily helping Deptherapy in respect of the mental health issues from which some of the charity’s programme members suffer. Richard brings considerable experience and expertise to the Deptherapy Board and Management Team.
Richard is an Independent Mental Health Consultant operating primarily within the civil emergency sector and with organisations assisting ex-Service personnel with the aftermath of exposure to trauma.
Prior to this second career Richard served for over 25 years in the Royal Air Force and was latterly responsible for evolving the RAF Operational Resilience and Stress Management policy. Other roles included developing the links between the UK Defence Academy and the Higher Education sector, Senior Personnel Staff Officer at Headquarters Air Command and command of Base Support Wing at RAF Lyneham. He left the RAF in 2012.
In 1999 Richard was seriously injured in the Paddington Rail Crash and, as part of his strategy for turning supposed negatives into positives, then successfully completed a PhD into the Psychological Aspects of Burns Trauma through Cranfield University. He was also seconded to the NHS in 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Psychologist in 2006, specialising in addiction, self-harm, burns and trauma rehabilitation. Currently he is working with the Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation in Bangladesh to evolve a mental health service in the country; he is also an Adviser on psycho-social rehabilitation for the Acid Survivors Foundation, again based in Dhaka.
Richard is a Director and Trustee of Changing Faces (a UK charity supporting people with disfigurements), a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Lead Governor of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and an accredited Instructor on the Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Forces Community programme. He is also a frequent contributor to academic and professional conferences and to the media on the theory and practicality of the psychological effects of trauma.
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