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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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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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