Military Veterans Creative Arts (MVCA) was registered with Companies House as a community interest company (C.I.C 12229585) on the 26th September 2019 by Suzie Stanford. This step has taken five years in building solid foundations, and with evidence to show the effectiveness of what Suzie wants to achieve.
Her ultimate goal is to run creative workshops of a variety of activities that our Veterans can attend either as a residential or weekly sessions, so that they may explore their creativity as a therapeutic process to help in their recovery. She is doing all of this for a noble cause, and may she succeed in her aim. Suzie believes that she is very fortunate that she has developed this fantastic opportunity to help people understand the complex symptoms and suffering with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and anxiety, and her passion lies with helping Veterans.
From hopelessness to aspiration, this is the story of Suzie Stanford. Every day was constant distress for her because she has Complex PTSD. She had complex anxiety disorders, panic attacks, night traumas, and morbid tendencies. But she wanted to fight her stress and come out of this “do anything to survive” situation, and delineate to the world that they can change their label from a “victim” to “survivor.”
Suzie went through much distress. Life was confusing from a very young age, but she had a drive to make change; she used to set goals for her daily life, which led her to fight her mental health challenges. She is passionate about aiding others who are suffering from similar situations as she did. She wants to tell people about the devastating effects of complex PTSD, and how can they overcome this mental health condition so they can lead a better quality of life. She also wants to let people know that living life to its fullest is achievable, and that creative arts has been a massive step forward for her in her recovery. It is not as difficult as one might think to step away from the nightmares and get the inner peace, free from struggles, if one believes in their instinct and talents, hopes and purposes.
Suzie’s very close friend had PTSD, which led him to have so many difficulties in several tasks of life. Suzie loved and cared for him very much, but unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer and sadly, he lost the battle and passed away. That was a massive shock for her, and she was devastated.
Suzie enrolled in different fundraising courses in London, and started to raise funds for the military personnel who were suffering from PTSD. She opened up on social media and wrote about her Complex PTSD so that it could help others.
She looked to her inner talents after constant lifetime training in various subjects, including a variety of self-development studies, counselling and psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Spiritual healing and many more. Suzie suddenly, spontaneously, decided to write a song, and started to create her first album called ‘Troubled Minds’. Just before the release of this album she lost her father, also a military man, whom she cared for during his final years.
She left her home town for a year and enrolled on a Level 3 Music Course at South Devon College in Paignton, where she achieved a double distinction grade and started private songwriting training and which solidified Suzie’s direction, turning into her main passion. This is the beginning of a new adventure for her.
Presently, she is enrolled on a BA Honours Course in Music Production and Creative Recording, University of Brighton again, having passed her foundation degree with distinction, and releasing a double ‘Words by Veterans 1’ album in December 2018, with 100% of the funds donated to a Veterans charity. She has seen incredible changes in herself and her mind. This, along with the songwriting skills, enables her to produce songs from the words and poems written by Veterans.
She is very much looking forward to writing more songs for veterans who are suffering from PTSD, and working with them to help gain confidence and join the MVCA community. The most recent album produced is called ‘Words by Veterans 2’ which was released in November 2019. Suzie has also been involved in a major project where veterans travelled to a recording studio in Salford to sing on a brand new single that she has written. ‘Stay Strong’ is available to purchase here and uses various arrangements to complement different versions.
Her first MVCA weekend planned for this summer has unfortunately had to be postponed due to Covid-19. This event will certainly be happening as soon as it’s safe to do so. Please subscribe to our mailing list bellow so you won’t miss out on this and other forthcoming events.