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The Ostrich Syndrome

The number of troops who have committed suicide after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is equivalent to 10 per cent of deaths suffered on operations.

There are now no dedicated mental health wards for Service personnel

The Ministry of Defence has disclosed that 17 serving personnel have killed themselves after witnessing the horrors of conflict.

There are also fears that the number of suicides among troops who have recently left the Armed Forces could be significantly higher than 17. However, no records are kept once they leave the Services.

Unless the problem is quickly addressed then the military could experience the neglect suffered by Falklands veterans where the estimated 300 suicides from the 1982 conflict far outstrips the 258 killed in action.

Veterans say they are also being failed by the authorities as they have to wait 18 months for treatment by an NHS psychiatrist as they are not given priority treatment.


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