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Afghanistan Appeal for Veterans' Mental Health

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The current events in Afghanistan inevitably cause different emotional reactions for former members of the armed forces, as well family members, some of which can be difficult to manage and resolve alone. The specialist Armed Forces Charity, PTSD Resolution, can help Veterans, Reservists and family members by providing free, rapid and effective therapeutic support.

Statement by General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO Chairman of Cobseo:

“The Armed Forces Community, those in uniform, veterans and their families have invested a huge amount in the future of the Afghan people. We served believing that we were doing the right thing in support of a just cause, helping the Afghans rebuild their nation and reducing the risk to the UK of terrorist attacks such as 9/11. The British forces in Afghanistan served with honour, professionalism, bravery and distinction in extremely difficult circumstances.

“It is a record to be proud of. Families who provided support for over twenty years, experiencing the loneliness and worry of separation, raising children on their own for extended periods, and for some enduring the pain of loss, should also be recognised. We have been in touch with MPs, and Ministers through the Office for Veteran’s Affairs, to try to ensure that they highlight the extraordinary nature of that service in their communications as the situation develops.

UK troops in Afghanistan

“The political decision to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban will generate a mixture of emotions: anger, frustration, and a strong sense of being let down. It will be a particularly difficult time for those who have given the most.”

PTSD Resolution - a member of the Cobseo group of veterans charities - provides therapy for the mental welfare of forces’ veterans, reservists and their families, with some 3,000 referrals to date. Trauma treatment is free and can be promptly accessed either locally in person or over the internet, through a network of 200 UK therapists.

Therapy is delivered in an average of six therapy sessions, with measurement of symptoms before and after each visit. In 78 per cent of cases there is an improvement in symptoms to a level where the client and therapist agree that no further therapy is required.

Key features of PTSD Resolution’s service:-

1.       Free help for Veterans, Reservists & families suffering from mental health issues
2.       Confidential, no GP referral is needed
3.       Local help through a UK network of 200 therapists
4.       Fast treatment, issues usually resolved in an average of six sessions
5.       Easy to access - first session booked often in days
6.       Compassionate: clients do not have to talk about events in their past
7.       Cost-effective, £650 per program - available free to the people we help
8.       Transparent, results are monitored and reported
9.       No one is turned away: including HM prisoners and those with addiction issues
10.   Cobseo members, working with other Forces’ charities

If you are a veteran or family member affected by the news on Afghanistan, then contact PTSD Resolution to discuss the help the charity can provide: free, local, prompt and effective. All donations towards this charitable service are gratefully received.

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