On Track is The Tank Museum’s well-being event in support of World Mental Health Day.
This year, we’ve split the event into daytime and evening sessions. The day session will feature talks, workshops and focus-groups to specifically support military personnel and emergency services staff. These are designed to provide information of day-to-day techniques and useful contacts for individuals to help build their own mental resilience and for supporting those around them.
- 7 October, 9am-5pm
- Event for armed forces and emergency services community
- Join in person or watch online
- Evening event for general public can be found here
- Held in partnership with Dorset Armed Forces Covenant
Mark was a decorated officer in the UK Special Forces, who suffered a major stroke whilst driving back from London that would lead him to be hospitalised for over a year. Thankfully with the help of his family, friends and some very supportive charities including Help for Heroes, Mark is now back on his feet again with a greater determination to help others who may be similarly affected.
In 2016 and 2017, Mark was selected to take part in the Invictus Games, winning medals in swimming. Since then, he established the Bowra Foundation in 2019, to inspire resilience amongst people suffering from neurological disorders through practical help and physical challenges alongside members of the Armed Forces community.
Building on his own experience recovering from stroke, Mark devised the Bowra Bag, a toolkit to aid rehabilitation, communication and independence for people suffering from a range of neurological disorders. The Bowra Foundation works with partners and healthcare practitioners to get Bowra Bags to those who need them at the earliest opportunity.
Justin is a psychological therapist accredited by BACP and EMDR Europe. He has worked within the NHS, the charitable sector and in private practice, and has a special internet in treating combat trauma and veterans. He completed his PhD in 2019, which was about developing and evaluating the Dream Completion Technique at the Veterans and Families Institute (Anglia Ruskin University). He has a passion for bringing safe and effective tools to the field of trauma therapy.
Major Pat Burgess began his service in the Second Royal Tank Regiment. He took on various roles in the RAC, before taking up the post of Officer Commanding Normandy Sqn in The RAC Training Regiment in 2018, and was recently promoted to Major as Officer Commanding the Combat CIS School. His interest in Mental Health, Resilience and more specifically Mindfulness started in 2009, whilst on operations in Afghanistan. He has been practising Mindfulness since then and has gained further qualifications and experience in the human science area.
Pat now runs Mindfulness classes for the permanent staff, both military and civilian, at the Armour Centre in Bovington and has recently created a defence-wide online mindfulness course. He has also delivered numerous presentations on Mindfulness and coping strategies across Defence, to Primary and Secondary schools, Erlestoke Prison, The Samaritans, MIND mental health charity and to those working in welfare and support roles on behalf of Army Headquarters Health (delivering training to over 6000 personnel to date). He also taught Mindfulness at Glastonbury Festival in 2019.
VIEW TICKET PRICES
The Day Session tickets are for serving military, veterans and emergency services personnel. ID will be required for entry.