being back home - reservists and ptsd

#1
Do you know a former reservist suffering from ptsd? Do you possibly fit that description, yourself?

For too long, this Government has ignored the facts: while members of the regular armed forces have at least some network to fall back on to, reservists are on their own when they get back to civvy street. They are expected to cope by themselves, or appeal to a charity for support. Often, not even close work colleagues know what they're going through.

I am a journalist who covers defence issues, and I think it's about time this issue was highlighted properly. Yes, reservists are volunteers, yes they know what they are signing up for, but why does this mean they should be treated as second class citizens?

If you are a former reservist who has had experience of these issues, I welcome your comments. If you are willing to go on the record for the purposes of an interview, all the better, but it's up to you.

Please feel free to email me or leave your comments here. Thank you.
 
#2
** Most importantly ** please don't ask in open forum for serving personnel to contact you, although it is perfectly acceptable to place contact details in your user profile.

If you decide to send private messages (PMs - the site user-to-user messaging system) to members as a result of answers on the forum, please make it clear that they may be breaking DIN003-06 in discussing service matters with you.
http://www.olivenet.co.uk/index.php?page=media-use
 
#5
Here's my comment:
 
#6
Sorry about the two threads - had to amend the first one slightly since, clearly, I would not want to get serving reservists into trouble by encouraging them to contact a member of the press.
 
#7
Angels said:
Do you know a former reservist suffering from ptsd? Do you possibly fit that description, yourself?

For too long, this Government has ignored the facts: while members of the regular armed forces have at least some network to fall back on to, reservists are on their own when they get back to civvy street. They are expected to cope by themselves, or appeal to a charity for support. Often, not even close work colleagues know what they're going through.

I am a journalist who covers defence issues, and I think it's about time this issue was highlighted properly. Yes, reservists are volunteers, yes they know what they are signing up for, but why does this mean they should be treated as second class citizens?

If you are a former reservist who has had experience of these issues, I welcome your comments. If you are willing to go on the record for the purposes of an interview, all the better, but it's up to you.

Please feel free to email me or leave your comments here. Thank you.
So what’s in it for you then. Or is it just the goodness of your heart :roll:
 
#8
Look, you can accuse me of trying to get a scoop if you like but for me it's simple: this is an important subject that deserves publicity. If we defence reporters don't expose these issues, who will? The MoD?

I have been discussing how reservists are being affected by ptsd with several charities, who have encouraged me to try to bring this to the public's attention. I understand this is a delicate issue that needs to be handled with great care.

If any former reservist feels they would like to contribute to my investigation, then I would welcome hearing from you, even anonymously.
 
#10
Angels said:
Look, you can accuse me of trying to get a scoop if you like but for me it's simple: this is an important subject that deserves publicity. If we defence reporters don't expose these issues, who will? The MoD?

I have been discussing how reservists are being affected by ptsd with several charities, who have encouraged me to try to bring this to the public's attention. I understand this is a delicate issue that needs to be handled with great care.

If any former reservist feels they would like to contribute to my investigation, then I would welcome hearing from you, even anonymously.
why are you here?
 
#11
Angels said:
Do you know a former reservist suffering from ptsd? Do you possibly fit that description, yourself?

For too long, this Government has ignored the facts: while members of the regular armed forces have at least some network to fall back on to, reservists are on their own when they get back to civvy street. They are expected to cope by themselves, or appeal to a charity for support. Often, not even close work colleagues know what they're going through.

I am a journalist who covers defence issues, and I think it's about time this issue was highlighted properly. Yes, reservists are volunteers, yes they know what they are signing up for, but why does this mean they should be treated as second class citizens?

If you are a former reservist who has had experience of these issues, I welcome your comments. If you are willing to go on the record for the purposes of an interview, all the better, but it's up to you.

Please feel free to email me or leave your comments here. Thank you.
I can put you in touch with one who lives near me if you want ? He had the misfortune to snot 3 insurgents during a strike op in the Shia Flats area and carried his wounded mate across open ground before re-joining the fight..bless him, poor c*nt killed 2 guys in Sarajevo as well in 1995 during a routine patrol and fractured the skull of a French Peacekeeper who shot 'the squadrons dog'..

Since his last tour he has been unable to work, spends an inordinate amount of time in the village cafe and was done last month for a Section 5 Harrassment and although very vocal about his horrific experiences when on the lash he cant bring himself to discuss them with a number of youngish ex serving lads that frequent a few of the boozers round here.

Usually to be found in the Cricket Club in Telic10 T shirt and Lowa boots, the fat mustachioed walting Stab Signals c*nt..
 
#13
Sorry Cabana, you asked me "Why are you here"? and I was just trying to understand your question.

I have already said why I am here and what I am trying to achieve.
 
#14
Cabana said:
Angels said:
If we defence reporters don't expose these issues, who will? The MoD?



Yes. If you go to the MoD website and search for "reservists mental health" you will find information on the DMS provision of enhanced mental health support for all reservists returning from operational deployments.
 
#15
Thanks Vampangua,

I am fully aware of this. But I am still being contacted by charities, who tell me the situation for reservists who come back is pretty dire. Are they wrong? Are they making it up?
 
#18
The MoD may be aware of the situation, but they are just not cutting it.

A recent report by the Kings Centre for Military Health Research found that reservists were 25 per cent more likely to suffer from ptsd than regulars.

You can read the report by clicking on this link:-
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/kcmhr/studymembers/publications/articles/reserves.pdf

Unfortunately, the daily papers which covered this report chose to ignore this discrepancy, opting instead to focus on the booze factor.

Examples include: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article...to_alcohol&in_article_id=760084&in_page_id=34

and: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/h...e-personnel-abusing-alcohol-or-depressed.html
 
#19
Angel,fly away your taking up good space here
 
#20
A journalist on ARRSE? How refreshing! I'd love to help. Could you post your bank account and sort code on this thread and I'll transfer the stories to you before Monday?

Its so nice to see civilian journalists trying to pay their bills by using soldier's stories to grind whichever political axe is paying out the most at the time.
Soldiers (reg & TA) go to see specialists not journalists when they have a medical condition.

Here to help.
 

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