CEO – Luke Woodley

Luke works closely with mental health professionals, reaching out to and helping other individuals with complex mental health conditions including PTSD.

Luke established Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing C.I.C after managing to rebuild his life having developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

After serving in war torn Bosnia with the UN in 1993, as a member of the Coldstream Guards, Luke developed PTSD. His condition deteriorated after leaving the forces.

Luke’s marriage broke down as he suffered flashbacks, panic attacks, insomnia, anger issues, heavy alcohol abuse, hyper vigilance and disassociation. Episodes would be triggered by the smell of smoke, diesel fumes, crowded public places and the sound of fireworks.

Under Lukes’ leadership, vital services have been developed such as:

The Veterans’ Stabilisation Programme (VSP)

Complex mental health issues support for emergency service personnel and serving members of the armed forces, military v

A cognitive based therapy group developed by Luke, Clinical Psychologist Dr Kingerlee and NHS Mindfulness practitioner John King.

The Veterans’ Response Partnership (VRP)

Complex mental health issues support for emergency service personnel and serving members of the armed forces, military v

An out of hours help service, established by Luke,  provided by experienced volunteers. Wherever needed, a response car will visit the veteran offering peer support and assessment by a specialist team from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), together with help accessing other services.

Luke, with his team, is always looking to improve and deliver new services for those that need them.