Panorama on PTSD and suicide of ex-servicemen
I was incredibly moved by the people within this programme and shocked by how these sufferers were treated. How can they be expected to successfully integrate back into society when they are left unsupported with mental injuries after serving their country? Many described being offered patchy mental health care in mainstream mental health units or even, in some cases, no care at all!
I was stunned by the sheer number of suicides after leaving the service, often simply because they didn't quite meet the time requirements for eligibility. PTSI (an "injury" as a result of suffering trauma rather than a "disorder") can arise suddenly after a significant amount of time and I believe that this should be taken into account by relevant policy-makers.