I desperately need some hard facts about PTSD and the lack of counselling and services available. Currently as I understand the situation some 9,000 personnel or former personnel are in need of assistance with a PTSD issue and there is a distinct lack of capacity available to offer them assistance. I believe the problem becomes more acute where someone leaves the services or is medically discharged, again, as I understand it, these people then become the primary responsibility of the NHS which risibly fails in capacity and targeted services that are effective. I believe that Combat Stress struggles to provide adequate services to all those who need their help although as a charity they continue to do a magnificent job. What about the RBL? What capacity, facilities and services are available through the RBL currently? There is a very practical reason for me raising these questions and to seek accurate information. Very recently I found myself speaking to the national co-ordinator of one of the UKs largest charities that provides facilities and services for people with disabilities. Given the origins of this particular organisation I enquired as to why they were not involved in the provision of services for former military personnel suffering with PTSD related issues. I was surprised to learn that the organisation took a policy decision some time ago not to venture into the field of providing services for people with mental disabilities, the person concerned hastened to add that this policy was taken before his tenure of office. I was able to make the point that PTSD issues do not strictly equate to a mental disability rather that it would more accurately fall into the category of a nervous disability that with focused empathetic counselling and rehabilitation would witness the individual overcome the majority of their problems. The national co-ordinator was genuinely shocked when I informed him that 255 personnel were killed during the Falklands War but over 300 have subsequently taken their lives. He was also genuinely shocked to learn that there is a huge lack of services and capacity to offer those unfortunate enough to suffer from a PTSD issue, he was under the impression that the RBL was able to offer a sufficient service and capacity which I refuted. The reason why hard facts are needed is because I work for this organisation and I believe that by the end of our conversation the National Co-ordinator was sufficiently moved by what we had discussed that I believe that he went away determined to re-examine this whole policy issue in relation to PTSD. As the organisation is the largest charitable organisation offering services to people with disabilities in the UK, and having a huge network of centres around the country, it might just be possible to generate some interest in a policy reversal or collaboration with other organisations toward seeing counselling and services made available to those so desperately in need of them. Information please!