Mental Health

New Campaign Highlights Impact Of Military-Related Trauma

The Combat Stress campaign shows the devastating isolation experienced by veterans with trauma.

A veterans’ mental health charity has launched a new campaign to reveal the isolation experienced by veterans with military-related trauma.

Combat Stress collaborated with Channel 4’s in-house creative agency to create the film 'Combat Stress – Bring Them Home'.

The film shows how mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can leave former servicemen and women withdrawn and isolated from family, friends and their community.

It features a group of real-life veterans who have served in conflicts including Northern Ireland, Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Sue Freeth, of Combat Stress, explained how after leaving the Armed Forces, veterans may physically be at home but psychologically can be trapped in the past.

Combat Stress' chief executive says more than 3,000 veterans have been helped by the charity.

She said:

"Through this film, we aim to raise awareness of the role the public can play in helping us to bring veterans home."

Reliving their trauma on the battlefield through flashbacks, nightmares and constant anxiety makes life hard for veterans and if left untreated, their trauma can destroy relationships, tear families apart and devastate lives.

Combat Stress brings veterans all the way home by providing world-leading specialist support and treatment to enable them to overcome mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.