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Have a thought for veterans on Armed Forces Day – mental health charity calls for support
Veterans’ mental health charity, PTSD Resolution, is calling for your support on Armed Forces Day on 30 June.
PTSD Resolution provides free, effective local and prompt treatment to Veterans, Reservists and their families who have experienced trauma. It delivers treatment through a nationwide network of over 200 qualified therapists. It receives no government funding and needs your help to continue delivering support for those who need it.
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support from currently serving troops, their families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.
There are lots of fun ways you can fundraise for PTSD Resolution:
Tony Gauvain CEO of PTSD Resolution said:
“The work we do is incredibly important – there is a spotlight on mental health at present and what we do is unique. We aim to work with ex-Service men and women who have mental health problems and which other services do not reach or have not been able to help. But we can only do that with support from the community. We hope as many people as possible will support us on Armed Forces Day.”
About PTSD Resolution
PTSD Resolution helps ex-service men and women who have mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, following service in the UK armed forces. The service is available to all veterans of the UK armed services, TA, reservists and their dependents.
We are an independent charity that aims to work with the people other services do not reach or have not been able to help. We work in prisons, for example, and we are generally able to work with traumatised people who have alcohol and drug problems, provided they are able to engage in therapy.
However, PTSD Resolution is not a mental health crisis service. If you are in danger or have severe mental health problems please ring your GP; if there is a strong element of risk then contact the mental health crisis team, or if absolutely necessary the emergency services.
We are also doing new research and raising awareness of the causes and treatment of post traumatic stress. PTSD is little understood by veterans and reservists - or their families, friends or employers, the people who are often very much affected by the destructive behaviour associated with the condition.
Donate to PTSD Resolution
You can donate online at http://www.ptsdresolution.org/donate.php
Or send a cheque payable to: PTSD Resolution Ltd a:
7 Cromwell Mews
For more information visit: http://www.ptsdresolution.org/
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Armed Forces Day: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/
Helping to Prevent Veteran Suicides
Despite all the money, publicity, and help available to Forces’ Veterans with mental health problems, tragically, suicides still happen.
The media has reported an alleged recent surge in suspected suicides. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now taking their own lives at a faster rate than their comrades died on the battlefield.
Some 12 veterans are feared to have killed themselves since the start of the year – one every 13 days. In contrast, troops in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014 were killed in hostile action at a rate of one every 14 days.
Part of the possible prevention strategy should be to increase awareness of the help that is available and encourage the active participation of relatives, friends and neighbours to recognise the signs and encourage sufferers to seek help.
Several 24-hour help-lines exist, but they need to be continually publicised, and the advice given needs to be helpful. Helpful is knowing where, when and how to find help.
PTSD Resolution has been meeting these needs for the past nine years, has seen over 2,000 referrals, and continues to receive an average of eight new referrals a week. Speed and quality of response to a cry for help is key to saving a life. We can all help.
The emphasis of Pub Hub is on compassionate support in a community setting, with a focus on reintegration and helping to re-establish veterans’ independence. The goal is to address the practical issues of mental health and social needs, as well as help with finding work and a home, where required.
Pubs across the UK are invited to join us for free. See our Pub Hub page for more information and details on signing up: http://www.ptsdresolution.org/pubhub.php.
What Veterans Say About PTSD Resolution
BD, Service in Iraq & Afghanistan.
"I developed PTSD after suffering years of psychological and physical abuse at the hands of my father, a former Navy officer. As a result of his abuse, I was homeless for seven years and I have suffered flashbacks which have left me unable to work.
SY, Daughter of a Veteran
See what Veterans’ say. These are the true stories of Forces' Veterans who have received help from PTSD Resolution. We have used initials rather than real names for confidentiality where the Veteran has requested this
PTSD Resolution Joins Cobseo
Armed Forces' Veterans mental health charity PTSD Resolution has joined Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, which provides a single point of contact for communication by Forces' charities with Government and other organisations.
Colonel Tony Gauvain (Retired), Chairman of PTSD Resolution says:
"We are delighted to be accepted to join Cobseo, which represents the serving and Veterans community of some six million people and their dependants. Membership enables us to promote and further the mental welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces community.
"We will be able to work more closely with the other charities for the common good. It also gives everyone who is interested in what we do a further level of assurance about our credentials. Together with the measurement of outcomes for every treatment session we provide, and the volume of heartfelt testimonials we publish on our web site, Veterans can be assured that help is at hand for those suffering from military trauma".
PTSD Resolution offers free treatment for mental health to all UK Forces' Veterans, Reservists and their families. It provides help locally through 200 accredited therapists in a UK-wide network.
Treatment is brief, including an average of just five outpatient sessions required on average. Subsequent treatment if required will be discussed and agreed by the Veteran and the Therapist.
Help is provided to individuals with addiction issues and also those within the criminal justice system. There is no requirement during a treatment session to re-tell the trauma experience: this minimises distress and ensures a faster resolution, says Tony Gauvain:
"We are extremely lean in our operation as a charity. We have no assets and pay no salaries – funds are used to pay the therapists and any essential administration and communication work. But as we receive no Government funding we rely on the generosity of the public and always need more funds."
Sam Doyle Completes Around Britain Walk
Well Done Sam! Walking Britain For PTSD Resolution
Our huge thanks to Sam Doyle who has raised over £6,000 on his truly epic 7,700-mile walk around the coastline of Britain to support Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and related problems. Sam is now on his way to the Isle of Skye
“Due to the overwhelming number of victims and lack of help to sustain the issue, I feel it is my best way to help the cause to the best of my ability by doing the walk! I aim to complete the journey in 800 days (roughly two years and two months) covering on average 10 miles per day. I am hoping this journey helps all PTSD victims but also helps my recovery and for me to find a new way in life,” he says.
Sam left the Forces in 2009 and has suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since.
He set off on his 7,700-mile trek in aid of PTSD Resolution in what he says is his last chance to turn his life around.
Sam left Blackpool on May 29, aiming to raise money for sufferers of PTSD and awareness about the condition, and arrived in Helensburgh on Wednesday, October 4, after four months on the road to a warm welcome – from former Armed Forces champion turned politician, Maurice Corry.
Sam said that after leaving the army his life fell apart – losing his home, his job and his girlfriend.
But rather than begging on the streets, he laced up his boots, and decided to get up and walk.
He said: “It wasn’t a decision, it was my last chance. I had nothing left apart from a backpack and a sleeping bag.”
He told the Advertiser: “The whole experience has been totally different to what I thought it’d be and if it wasn’t for the people I’d probably have given up.
“There have been people waiting for me in every town, having seen my social media posts. Facebook and my blog have been my fundamental lifeline so far.
“MSP Maurice Corry stopped me to tell me I had his full support and even invited me to parliament when I get to Edinburgh.
“Councillor Barbara Morgan, [the Armed Forces and Veterans Champion for Argyll and Bute Council] also met me for a chat, which was nice.”
Both Mr. Corry and Councillor Morgan were delighted to meet who they described as an “inspirational” man.
Cllr. Morgan said: “I was very humbled and moved by Sam, he has served us and our country and now is walking supporting our veterans. He is truly a good man with a great heart, I felt passion from him for what he is doing.”
Mr. Corry said: “I fully support this and wish Sam the very best for the remainder of his journey. I hope he will visit me in the Scottish Parliament to promote his cause.
“Veterans are not provided with adequate support when they return from service and enter civilian life, this is something I am focussed and committed to help change. I plan to keep in contact with Sam and ensure that real-life experiences such as his are taken into account to create a better support network for veterans in the future.”
Sam was joined by his “travelling companion and best friend”, Jess, the lurcher whom he rescued in Irvine after speaking to a barmaid whose dog didn’t get on with her boyfriends.
Sam said: “I’d been thinking about getting a dog but rescue centres wanted to check my home was suitable before letting me rescue – so this was good timing for both me and Jess.
This story appeared in the Helensburgh Advertiser
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Press Release: How to effectively raise funds for veterans with PTSD
"How to Effectively Raise Funds for Veterans with PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be devastating for victims and their families. It produces high levels of anxiety that often lead to depression and anger, which then leads to job loss, violence, alcohol abuse, and even suicide. Our veterans, who have sacrificed so much, deserve the opportunity to once again experience a sense of normalcy in their lives. It is also important to remove the additional stress of financial burden by offering free counseling to help resolve their PTSD mental health issues. If you would like to help veterans with PTSD, fundraising is the best way you can ensure the ongoing success of therapy programs that help PTSD sufferers and their families.
Fundraisers can be large and involve many people and much collaboration and effort over several months, or they can be small and involve a small group of people for a short amount of time. No matter the size and scope of the fundraiser, keep in mind that every little bit helps to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by PTSD.Guest post by Helen Cartwright"
ASIS UK has announced it is to partner with the charity PTSD Resolution to access the national network of therapists for the treatment of trauma for our members.
ASIS International is the largest organisation for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide including 750 in the UK.
ASIS UK is the first security membership organisation, probably in the world, to offer trauma treatment as a member service through a preferred supplier. This means that any member of ASIS UK who feels that they might be suffering from trauma, however caused, can access the PTSD Resolution network of some 200 therapists nationally, at a preferential fee rate. This also applies to family members.
A major benefit is that an appointment for therapy can usually be arranged in a matter of days. Also, the service is confidential and no referral is needed from a GP.
ASIS UK has worked with the charity for several years now in support of its primary aim, which is to provide help to UK forces’ veterans and reservists who may be experiencing the residual effects of military trauma. The charity has helped many veterans – some of whom work in the security industry – in a service that is both compassionate and effective.
There are particular issues of mental health for the security sector community, not only because of the number of veterans in its ranks, but also because of what staff may see or hear or otherwise experience during the course of their work. With the current level of terrorist threat that there is an ever-present risk of being exposed to trauma, at first hand or through the account of staff or colleagues.
“All responsible organisations of any size now have contingency plans to deal with a terrorist attack or other security threat or damage. It is universally recognised as a sensible and logical precaution. But too few organisations have any kind of backup plan for how to deal with the trauma that staff might experience from any of these or other circumstances in the course of their employment,” says ASIS UK.
WHEN 43-year-old Craig Robinson’s pals nominated him on Facebook to complete the 22 Press Ups challenge for charity PTSD Resolution, he decided to call in back up.
PTSD Resolution is a charity helping veterans, territorial army and reservists who are struggling to settle back into a normal work and family life because of military trauma suffered during service in the armed forces.
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