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PTSD Resolution organises ‘Shell Shock Walk’ for Forces’ veterans mental health

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.

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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.

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Security industry professionals determine to support Armed Forces veterans

Security industry professional associations are convening at a fundraising reception on Tuesday 13 November from 6.00 pm in support of UK Armed Forces veterans suffering from mental health issues caused by military trauma.

The reception at The Crick Institute in central London will raise funds for charity PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to former members of the Armed Forces and their families through a national network of therapists with a near 80% success rate.

Tickets for the event are available from ASIS online. The cost includes drinks, canapés, entertainment and a raffle. The event is organised by ASIS UK with support from the Association of Security Consultants, the International Professional Security Association, the National Association for Healthcare Security and the Spitalfields Security Forum.

David Clark, chairman of ASIS UK, commented: “I would like to thank our fellow Security Commonwealth members for joining with us in this initiative. With so many veterans working in the security industry, it’s important that we, as responsible employers and line managers, recognise their contribution and support them in resolving the effects of trauma experienced now and sustained during their former military careers.”

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Clark added: “PTSD Resolution has a longstanding partnership with the security industry as a provider of therapy that’s free, effective and locally available, not only to veterans but also their families. It’s fitting that, at this time and very soon after Remembrance Day, we should reflect on the contribution of veterans still with us and join together as an industry in supporting the effective therapy available.”

PTSD Resolution’s director Patrick Rea responded: “The symptoms of military trauma can result in family breakdown, job loss, addiction and suicide. Veterans or family members who believe that they may be suffering from the symptoms of trauma should seek help immediately.”

Key features of the service available through PTSD Resolution include the following:

*Free help for Vetverans and family members suffering mental health issues

*Confidential (no GP referral is needed)

*Local help through a UK network of therapists

*Fast treatment (usually with resolution in an average of five sessions)

*First session is booked often in days

*Compassionate: veterans do not have to talk about the events that have led to their mental trauma

*Transparent (with results monitored and reported)

For further information access www.ptsdresolution.org

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2016 Christmas Appeal for Armed Forces veterans kick-starts on 29 November

With many Armed Forces veterans presently working in the security sector, the charity PTSD Resolution is this year sponsored by ASIS UK, who are organising a series of fundraising events. Free of charge, the charity (No. 1133188) helps veterans and reservists who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work and family life because of military trauma suffered during service in the Armed Forces.

The charity has helped to resolve mental health issues for over 1,400 veterans. Nearly eight out of ten of them say that they require no further treatment after completing the treatment programme.

Donations to the Armed Forces veterans’ charity will be doubled when donated online in the 72 hours from 12.00 pm on 29 November – visit the Big Give (https://goo.gl/sVV8pD).

PTSD Resolution was selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016, which is the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Last year, the campaign raised over £7.2 million for participating charities.

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The treatment programme is community-based, with therapy and support provided locally. Trauma causes flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression – often leading to violence, alcohol and substance abuse, job loss, family breakdown and even suicide. PTSD Resolution’s therapy is brief, with an average of just five sessions usually required, and conducted on an out-patient basis, which supports family and work routines.

The programme is complementary to the work of other services’ charities in that it resolves the mental health issues that can serve as barriers to successful reintegration and settlement.

“There are many Armed Forces veterans working in the security sector,” explained a spokesperson for the charity. “Some may have unresolved issues arising from trauma that was suffered during their service to their country. Often, an existing mental health condition can be exacerbated by a stressful situation at work which may be related to a security incident, or perhaps a clash with a manager or colleague. Job loss and domestic issues may also trigger problems that result in major deterioration, We want veterans to know that there’s help a hand and that they don’t have to wait to get better.”

*Further information is available at www.ptsdresolution.org

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Help for Heroes announced as The Security Institute’s Chairman’s Charity in 2015

The Security Institute has announced that its designated Chairman’s Charity for 2015 will be Help for Heroes. The charity offers comprehensive support to British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty – a cause that’s clearly close to The Security Institute’s heart in light of the fact that many of the organisation’s members have served their country across the Armed Forces.

Since its founding in October 2007, the money raised by Help for Heroes thanks to hugely generous public backing has been used to support the wounded, but there’s still so much more to do.

Soldiers, sailors and airmen injured today will still need vital support tomorrow and in the days that follow.

The Security Institute director Richard Bell commented: “We try to select a charity partner that will be highly relevant to our membership and which we believe is making a significant difference to the lives of the people it aims to help. Many of our members have served in the military and while they have been fortunate to be able to forge new careers in security upon leaving the Armed Forces, many of their former colleagues face significant challenges as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty.”

The Security Institute's designated Chairman's Charity for 2015 is Help for Heroes

The Security Institute’s designated Chairman’s Charity for 2015 is Help for Heroes

Bell’s comments were endorsed by The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP. “We are immensely proud to be supporting a charity that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time,” explained Shaw. “Last year, we raised almost £30,000 for our charity partner PTSD Resolution I’m confident we can surpass that figure in 2015. We have a number of fund-raising activities planned throughout the coming year and will be seeking to raise awareness of Help for Heroes at all of our events.”

Bryn Parry, co-founder of Help for Heroes, added: “We’d like to thank The Security Institute for choosing Help for Heroes as its Chairman’s Charity for 2015. The Institute’s support will make a huge difference to the lives of some very brave men and women. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over but, for many members of the Armed Forces and their families, their battles are just beginning. We will not let them battle alone.”

*For further information access the Help for Heroes website

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UK Joint Security Associations Annual Charity Dinner: 30 September 2014

The inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at the Grange City Hotel, a spectacular five star venue which overlooks the Tower of London.

This will be a prestigious Black Tie event, and will allow those attending the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, entertain guests or simply enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time helping to support two very worthy charities.

The ticket price of £100 includes an exquisite three-course dinner menu and one free entry into the £20 ticketed prize raffle.

This year, the guest speaker will be Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC (President of The Security Institute).

The event will begin with a welcome reception at 6.30 pm followed by the dinner which will conclude at 11.00 pm, with a cash bar in operation both during and after.

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

Security associations and their nominated charities

The security associations involved (including The City Of London Crime Prevention Association, The Security Institute, ASIS International, the International Professional Security Association and ADS Group) are hoping to raise in excess of £20,000 which will be split equally between the two charities – the St Giles Trust and PTSD Resolution.

St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage, creating safer communities by supporting people to help them change their lives. The charity offers a range of services which have helped over 16,000 clients overcome any barriers which might be holding them back from moving forward. Ultimately, it equips people with skills to help them live independent lives.

PTSD Resolution is a charity that offers a unique service counselling to the UK Armed Forces, TA and Regular Reserves (including their dependants) to relieve mental health problems resulting from Military Service and the traumas that they have faced.

The PTSD Resolution Outreach Programme has over 200 counsellors trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and provides a valuable contact point for anyone requiring counselling, complimentary to the work of the other armed forces charities.

Unique and exciting initiative

Don Randall – chairman of the organising committee and the City of London Crime Prevention Association – explained: “I’m honoured to be part of this fundraising project which has brought together professionals from the various security associations in the UK and will deliver what I hope will be an annual event on everyone’s calendar for many years to come.”

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Emma Shaw, chairman of The Security Institute, added: “This event provides a perfect opportunity for the security profession to work together to raise substantial funds for two extremely worthwhile charities closely associated with the security sector. The Security Institute is absolutely delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting initiative.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

*To secure your place at this very special event, please access the booking link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-joint-security-associations-fundraising-event-2014-tickets-11414066781

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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day in aid of PTSD Resolution: 22.9.14

Stapleford Abbotts Golf and Country Club is the venue for SSR Personnel’s upcoming Charity Golf Day in aid of PTSD Resolution, which takes place on Monday 22 September 2014.

PTSD Resolution is a charity (No 1133188) that offers counselling with a 78% success rate to UK Armed Forces’ TA and Regular Reserves and dependants in order to relieve mental health problems resulting from military service and ease reintegration into a normal work and family life.

The PTSD Resolution national outreach programme has over 200 counsellors. It is private, confidential, local and one-to-one. No referral is needed, thus reducing any sense of stigma. Counselling is brief and effective – an average of five one-hour sessions.

PTSD Resolution also offers employers trauma awareness training to support the successful integration of veterans and reservists in the workplace. The half-day modular courses enable line managers and HR staff to recognise potential symptoms of trauma and identify a clear route to resolving any workplace difficulties.

Details of the course at Stapleford Abbotts

The golf complex at Stapleford Abbotts in Essex consists of 45 holes. The main course is the Abbotts (a par 72, 6,501-yard Championship Golf Course designed in 1989 to exacting USGA specifications by distinguished golf course architect Howard Swan.

Stapleford Abbotts Golf and Country Club

Stapleford Abbotts Golf and Country Club

The Abbotts course has eleven separate water features, all of which certainly come into play and can be assured to capture those stray shots!

The Abbotts course is a renowned test for any low handicap golfer. For further information visit: http://www.staplefordabbottsgolf.co.uk

Logistics for the Competition Day

The day will begin from 9.00 am with registration, bacon rolls and a choice of tea or coffee. Warm-up/practice facilities are available before the first tee time of 10.34 am.

The competition will be an individual full handicap, stableford competition over 18 holes to decide the prizes. Maximum handicap: Men – 24, Women – 28.

There will be a nearest the pin and longest drive prize on selected holes.

Once your round is complete, you will be able to enjoy a two-course dinner with prize giving and raffle to follow.

Cost to enter the competition is £60 per individual player with a concession for four-balls booked at £220.

If you would like to be part of this great event contact John Oliver at SSR Personnel, 5 Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6DN. e-mail: joliver@ssr-personnel.com or telephone 020 8626 3100

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