PTSD Resolution – the charitable organisation looking after the mental health of forces’ veterans, reservists and their families – is organising the third annual ‘Shell Shock Walk’ in London on Saturday 14 September. The walk from Wandsworth Bridge to Tower Bridge is over eight miles and starts at 1.30 pm. Further details are available online at www.ptsdresolution.org/shellshockwalk.php.
PTSD Resolution works closely with ASIS UK and other security associations because of the number of forces veterans that work in the industry. Some may have experienced and still suffer from the symptoms of trauma from earlier military service. The charity can also help where there has been a more recent traumatic incident during the course of current employment.
The charity delivers the TATE Programme (short for Trauma Awareness Training for Employers), a half-day course for security line managers and HR personnel to enable them to recognise the symptoms of trauma in staff and then signpost help.
The 2019 walk is to highlight the issues of veterans’ mental health resulting from military trauma and to raise funds for therapy by PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to veterans through a network of 200 therapists nationwide.
In 2019, many veterans are still suffering from the impact of trauma without effective treatment. That’s now over 100 years after the end of World War I, whose mental health casualties are commemorated in the charity walk.
Tragically, many of the victims of shell shock were court-martialled during WW1. Their diagnosis of shell shock was not considered an admissible defence. The Battle of the Somme alone created 60,000 casualties of shell shock – a figure unmatched by any other battle in British military history.
In its aftermath, the Royal Army Medical Corps was actually banned from using the term shell shock.