Royal Marines have the lowest rates of mental health problems in the UK Armed Forces (Picture: Royal Navy).
Royal Marines will have simple access to mental health treatments thanks to a new initiative started by a serving commando.
'Project Regain' is aimed at promoting early detection and help for Marines who could suffer from mental health issues.
"Project Regain will help personnel get support quickly and easily, as soon as they need it," said Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Elwood.
"I applaud the Royal Marines for leading the way, ensuring no one suffers in silence."
Data collected for the project revealed commandos find it hard to ask for support when symptoms of illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression first present themselves.
"It can be hard to put your hand up if you think you might be struggling with your mental health, and we’re working to challenge the perceived stigma around asking for help," said Mr Ellwood.
Support systems are already well established within the corps – and Royal Marines have the lowest rates of mental health problems in the UK Armed Forces – but Regain intends to improve mental health awareness and reduce stigma.
"Having lost friends to suicide, preventing any further tragedy is clearly a drive and focus for me and this project," said Regain’s founder, Captain Ryan Morris, Physical Training and Sports Officer at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.
Captain Morris has twice in his career been assigned to work at Hasler Company, in Devonport Naval Base.
Hasler is a dedicated centre designed to professionally help with rehabilitation for servicemen and women.
“On the simplest level, improving a Marine’s relationship with their partner and children by even a small margin will have a profound positive effect on those around them, none more so than on a child’s development.
"This simple intervention has had a positive effect and helping those who need it has become my focus and passion.
"Other than my family it is what drives me daily."
How can Royal Marines receive mental health support?
The Royal Marines who wish to receive mental health support as part of Project Regain will need to call the Department of Community Mental Health at Colchester.
From there, they will be put straight through to a nurse who will arrange an appointment locally.
Project Regain gives individuals access to basic education about mental health symptoms and the ways in which to seek help.
Most Royal Marines who seek help have eight to 12 sessions of talking therapy and then carry on their careers.
All the treatment provided is confidential.