PTSD in 2006, the year after he left his 17-year army career

When Bill Blaikie was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, it was the pinnacle of his military career.

Just eight years later, after living through six months in the war-torn nation, he was in an intensive care unit with a 20 percent chance of survival, after a second suicide attempt.

Mr Blaikie credits his survival to the fact his wife came home and found him, and that their next-door neighbour was a firefighter, trained in first aid.

“I was so disassociated with my family, not happy in life or anything like that, that I attempted suicide twice.”