Sean Reilly joined the Army in 1995 and has served both in the UK and in Germany. During his time in the military, Sean has held a number of posts and been deployed on numerous occasions. Sean’s deployments include three tours of the Balkans in the late 1990s and early 2000s and five tours of the Middle East, between 2003 and 2012. Whilst serving in the Army, Sean achieved a NVQ Level 4 Qualification in Telecommunications System Engineering and became a Regimental Signals Sergeant Major. His last role in the Army saw Sean become employed as a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant.
In 2004, Sean was injured following an accident whilst on Exercise. As a result of the injury, Sean was forced to have two vertebras in his back fused. In January 2013 Sean was diagnosed with Arthritis of the hips and had to endure a number of operations to correct the damage. Following his diagnosis and surgeries, Sean was in a dark place mentally. He really struggled to cope with the prospect of not being able to continue his military career. He found it increasingly hard to be positive about the future, for him, his future was bleak. Coupled with this, Sean had a number of personal issues, and his mental state was increasingly difficult for his family to deal with. This all resulted in Sean suffering from deep depression and anxiety.
Realising there was an issue, Sean took himself to a Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH), which provides outpatient mental health care, to talk about some of the issues he was having. Following his initial meeting, Sean was given treatment which, according to Sean, has been hugely helpful, was incredibly well received, and “has helped to no end.” In May 2016, Sean was informed that he would be placed on sick leave, and would have to attend a Medical Board later that year to discuss his future.
During this time, Sean attended a Mission Motorsport open day. Following the open day, and after spending time with fellow beneficiaries at various Mission Motorsport events, Sean was given an opportunity to have work placement at DHL. In July 2016 Sean started his DHL work placement and has found a new zest for life. Sean was keen to be back in work, and thrived during his time at DHL. He impressed his colleagues so much that after a few months on placement, Sean was offered a full-time position at DHL. He never expected to achieve so much in so little time, and at the start of February 2017, Sean started his new career at DHL. Sean is now the Head of Military Engagement, a pioneering scheme that aims to help Military veterans start a new career within DHL, and has the chance to help other military personnel, like himself, find new careers in the civilian world.
According to Sean: “Without Mission Motorsport, I wouldn’t know which way to turn. I owe a massive thank you to James, Adam, Steph and Simon at Mission Motorsport, and a special mention to Amanda Dudley, Richard Turner, Jane Shepard and Nicola Barker at DHL for giving me an amazing opportunity and a new lease of life. It has been a pleasure to spend time with all the staff and beneficiaries. It has changed my life.”