Mental health charity Combat Stress has reported a 57% increase in numbers of Afghanistan veteran referrals from 2012-2013. The charity believes this issue will become highlighted as UK forces prepare to leave the country.
Combat Stress says in the past veterans waited an average of 13 years after serving before they sought help, but now veterans are waiting an average of 18 months. BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt believes this could be explained by reduced stigma surrounding mental health problems as well as a greater awareness of the help available.
“The charity says it is small but a significant number of veterans who are battling these hidden psychological wounds that, if they don’t seek help, can get far, far worse and be far harder to treat.”
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common concern from veterans, a condition that can affect anyone who has experienced some sort of traumatic event – such as military...