Like lots of things that happen at RTMC you're right it shouldn't happen but it has plenty of times since 2003. I can think of two guys off the top of my head who needed help, one from Telic 2 and one from 3 both were told to seek help through the NHS!
From what they both told me, the Medical Centre during their demob. One of the guys in particular was booted from his unit 4 months post tour due to 'issues' he had and only recently has started being treated for PTSD.
Be honest WHO at RTMC really gives a fuck (staff and demobbing reservists) if people might have problems all the staff are interested in is getting you home so you dont have a go at them about having to stay there and the reservist just want to get home as fast as possible the 3 time I have demobed telic one 3 hours after getting to RTMC i was on my way home second time iturned up at 1930 hrs they were really appologetic that i had to over night as everyone had sacked it for the day(I didnt have a problem with that) and i was home by 1100 hours the next day , the 3rd time I turned up middle of the afternoon didnt get to the med center in time so i had to over night and was back at my tac by 1030 the next day it needs someone to grip everyone at RTMC staff and reservists to say is there really any mental issues or did you see anything that could cuase problems in the future and tell people on mobilization that you will stay here for 24 hours on demob
I remember this bloke from RTMC MHT team, cant remember his name, i think he was scottish, and a captain... but on my demob he made me drink copious amounts of gin and tonic and then he touched me on my 'special area'.
a bit of sodding paper that you fill in as quickly as possible to get the feck out of dodge that gets shoved in a folder and not read by anyone that I saw you really think thats enough do you, it probably is for most people but there are those that lie on them at least a 15 chat with a trick cyclist for everyone might identify the people who will need help
Again Baldrick I agree (surely not I hear you cry.) That is why LANDSO 3209 was introduced and you have to have a full set of briefs before LDOS and again 6 - 12 weeks after LDOS to ensure you know who to chat too.
You did get those didn't you?
I think you should give the guy a chance and stop ranting. He did ask for constructive criticism. If you decide to take 15 milliseconds to answer the correct answers in the correst boxes because it gets you home quicker then that is your shout.
If you need help 6 months or 6 years later then at least let RTMC mental health guys know your experiences in the immediate interim post-tour.
Oh, and the 15 min chat is covered in the Coming Home brief that is given with the printed handout of the presentation given in your demob pack. And the shadey lookin guy on call at every demobb etc. etc. etc.
I was being constructive at the start it needs to be ramed down peoples throats on mobilization that they will have an individual chat to a mental health proffesional on demob 99 times out of 100 it will not result in anything else but that one time they might catch the bloke/blokess who is going to go wibble oh and not once have i actually read one of the welcome home packs i have just shoved it in my day sack and then binned it when I got home it is on mobilisation that you need to tell people that A B and C is going to happen on demob and your not going home till it happens
O they have a Mental Health Taem at Chillwell do they?
And they give a damn?
I was under the impression it was a conveyor belt approach!
However, why can't the reservist have the same as the regular and go to St Thomas's in London for a full assessemt under Dr Ian Palmer?
Where perhaps they care a little more that Chillwell obviously do!
I was aeromedded at the arrse end of Telic 9 and sent home from Selly Oak, so didnt get decompression or a chance to speak to any MHT bods at Chillers. Just got to go home with my "people tried to kill me yesterday head" on for a month before my missus sent me down to get help. I really felt abandoned up to that point. Chaps at RTMC were great though.