Year 10 student Evie created her very own podcast, 'Talking in the Dark' to raise awareness about blindness, visual impairment and disability in general, in a happy and light-hearted way. Evie was born with a condition called bilateral anopthalmia, meaning her eyes didn’t develop, and as a result Evie now wears prosthetics. Through the podcast Evie aims to get rid of the stigma and stereotypes around disabilities whilst having fun conversations at the same time! During the interviews Evie will talk to people from all walks of life, including, at times, people with physical conditions like hers, getting to know all about them and the lives that they lead.

Episode 16

(AD: In the image there is a purple background with two distinct photographs on either side. The photograph on the right-hand side is of Evie who is sat behind a grey desk. Evie has shoulder length red hair and is smiling. She is wearing school uniform. The photograph on the left-hand side is of Craig Harrison. In the photograph Craig is sat on a tree stump in the middle of a forest. It is a bright and sunny day. Craig is smiling. He is wearing a green baseball, has a greying beard and is dressed in a black Maverick Survival School hoodie and brown combat trousers.)

Mental health difficulties can affect anyone at any time in their life regardless of age or gender, and Evie is very concerned with highlighting the damaging effects of stress on a person’s sense of wellbeing as well as exploring methods to alleviate pain and suffering.

So, who more fitting to speak with on Remembrance Day about this important subject than former soldier, author, and founder of the Maverick Survival School, Craig Harrison.

In this episode of Talking in the Dark, Evie chats with Craig about his childhood, his 23 year career in the Household Cavalry, and his subsequent and very well documented battle with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.

A big thank you to Craig for coming on the podcast and sharing the details of his life so openly with Evie.

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