With the majority of the British troops pulling out of Afghanistan and the seemingly end of a 13 year war, the scars are very much real and prominent.
It has been reported today in the Telegraph that Combat Stress has warned that cases of PTSD in veterans are up a quarter in a year.
Combat Stress have stated that they deal with six new veterans asking for help each day and is at its busiest in its 96-year-history.
According to the telegraph, the latest figures show “2,264 former soldiers, sailors and airmen contacted Britain’s main veterans’ mental health charity for help in the past 12 months. Three quarters of those being treated have post traumatic stress disorder and many also battle alcoholism, drugs and depression” and this figure is expected to continue to rise for years to come as the stigma previous associated with soldiers not coming forward is now eroding. Many soldiers suffering from anxiety, depression, panic attacks and sleepiness were reluctant to tell anyone because of a “macho culture” instilled in the military as this, in the past, may have led to bullying within their unit.
The Ministry of Defence has also stated the importance of mental health and has started to encourage soldiers to come forward.
By Karan Ahluwalia, Hilary Meredith Solicitors