Combat Stress

I went to visit Combat Stress the other day. Combat Stress is the UK's leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans' mental health.

I knew it would be useful (it was for a work meeting) but I saw with my own eyes the amazing work they do and  found out some shocking stats:

- Of  the 180,000 personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan – there is around 7,200 probable PTSD   sufferers and around 36,000 potential sufferers of common mental health issues

- Combat Stress have 4,500 veterans getting support 

- They've seen a 72% increase in the referral rate since 2005

And I've also read recently that as many as 20,000 are in prison, on probation or parole.

Which shows a high instance of mental health problems in personnel who have seen active service in Operation Telic an Operation Herrick i.e. a prevalence of around 20% with common mental health disorders and 4% showing signs of probable PTSD.

We've partnered with Combat Stress to deliver Shoulder to Shoulder, a mentoring project which matches volunteers who have a military background to support ex-servicemen and women recovering from mental illness - helping them to adjust to life after the military.

There's a lot in the news at the moment around these issues. Hopefully, our project can play a small part in a long-term solution.