Combat Stress launches £10m appeal to improve veterans’ mental health services

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Today, veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress launches a £10 million appeal to meet the increasing demand for their services.

As Mental Health Awareness Week commences, Combat Stress is launching a new appeal to bring their services to more veterans. Alongside HRH The Prince of Wales, the veterans’ charity is launching The At Ease Appeal.

The new appeal will be officially launched tonight at a reception at St James’s Palace, attended by veterans who have been treated by the charity.

Demand

Launching during Combat Stress’ centenary year, The At Ease Appeal needs to raise £10 million over three years in order to meet the demand for its services.

Over the last decade new referrals to the charity have doubled to 2,000 a year, the increase is due to a significant number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans coming forward for help.

According to research from King’s College London, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now nearly twice as high among veterans than the general public.

For veterans who served on the frontline in Iraq or Afghanistan, almost one in five are predicted to develop PTSD.

Credit: Combat Stress

Support

The money raised through the appeal will allow Combat Stress to continue supporting those who need it. The charity runs crucial services including its PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, short-stay clinical treatment, and the free 24-hour helpline and text number.

These services are even more important with an increasing need to meet the needs of younger veterans who have work or family commitments to balance with the pressure of seeking mental health treatment.

The new funds will also be used to increase access to treatment by launched the PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme into the community, allowing more veterans to have flexible access to treatment. Video call therapy will be made available and the Peer Support Service will be expanded.

You can help spread the word about the appeal by using #AtEaseAppeal on social media.

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