I’ve never suffered from trauma but know people who have, like Stuart, my business partner in 321 Websites and good friend. Trauma doesn’t have to come from war, or a particularly horrific event, it would seem, listening to Stuart, as he explains his difficulties stemmed from a particular series of events in his school that caused him to have a breakdown.
PTSD is generally associated with military personnel and I was delighted to read the news that the government are making a financial pledge.
The MoD has pledged £20m over 10 years to fund the project, which will be operated by charity Combat Stress.
The service will run in conjunction with the charity’s veterans’ helpline, which the MoD contributes to.
The new helpline – 0800 323 4444 – is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Mental illnesses caused by life on the battlefield can have a devastating impact on our brave heroes and their families,” said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.
Over the past 10 years, despite a reduction in staff numbers, the armed forces have seen a 47% rise in the number of personnel with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Perhaps Combat Stress and the MoD will address these issues.