"Across the Wire" PTSD

Sent to me today..........

Dear Member of The Blues and Royals Association,

The following is an extract of the foreword "Across the wire", which is the result of dedicated research by the Centre for Mental Health. The document is attached for your information and you may find it an interesting and poignant piece of work with issues that may have affected a large number that have served in the Armed Forces:

In theory we have been at peace since 1945, but only in 1968 has a serviceman or woman not been killed in action somewhere in the world during that period. The majority have been members of the regular forces, but their numbers also include members of the reserves, rightly categorised by the term ‘twice a citizen’.

Sadly, we also see and hear of young men and women who have suffered terrible disablement, following injuries from which their parents and grandparents would not have survived. These are the outward and visible reminders of the debt that the nation owes to those who literally put their lives on the line on its behalf.

However there are, equally sadly, a large number whose service results in medical conditions that are not so obvious. Throughout history the plight of veterans who find it difficult to return to normal life has been both visible and all-too often ignored. Many young people broke away from chaotic and dysfunctional lifestyles to join the armed forces, which could be accused of providing an entirely false form of existence, in which servicemen are looked after from morning until night, but then discharged, unprepared for the daily demands of civilian life. They do not want to go back to chaos, where those around them, who have not shared their experience, do not understand the nuances of what they are going through. Drink, anxiety and depression

lead too many into the hands of the criminal justice system.

Some face the additional problems of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), again nothing new, but society has changed since the days following World War I, when the British Legion established clubs in which veterans, whose families and friends did not understand what they had been through, could share experiences with comrades in arms, in other words practising, unwittingly, what is now called counselling or talking therapy. The nation
owes a debt to them all, a debt that has been inadequately honoured for too long.

Follow link below to download the full document.

Centre for Mental Health


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