A ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude may be preventing soldiers from admitting they have a problem, and talking about how they feel.
Professor Alexander McFarlane, professor of psychiatry at the University of Adelaide and head of the Australian Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health has claimed that British soldiers do not receive the same level of after care as American and Australian soldiers.
He said: “People who have been traumatised are in a peculiar position in a community.
“The very nature of what they have suffered silences them. People who have had these sort of experiences can’t understand what they have been through, so even if veterans do speak they are not heard. ”