Portrait of PTSD: veteran mental health in the media

Recent BBC drama Bodyguard has been praised for its accurate portrayal of combat-related PTSD. Tom McDonald spoke to the experts and those living with the condition to gauge its impact. Depictions of combat-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in media have been around for some time. The most common symptom shown within the media is […]

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Veterans who served for short time found to be at higher risk of self-harm

A study by the University of Glasgow has found that veterans who serve for a short time are at an increased risk of non-fatal self-harm.  The study examined nearly 57,000 veterans alongside 172,000 people with no record of military service over a period of 30 years. Increased risk The overall risk of self-harm to veterans […]

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Fringe show tackles stigma around veterans mental health

An award-winning Edinburgh Fringe play is working to raise awareness of the mental health struggles experienced by veterans on their way back to civvy street. Shell Shock is adapted from Kosovo and Iraq veteran Neil Blower Watkins’ novel which follows the story of Tommy Atkins. Tommy suffers from undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and faces […]

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The importance of relationships when you’ve just left the military

“Everyone’s experience of leaving the service is individual and unique,” says Denise Knowles, a counsellor at Relate, the UK’s largest provider of relationship support. “It’s all about managing expectations, for the person leaving the services, but also for their family.” Transitioning from the military into civilian life can come with challenges and new experiences, and […]

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