Veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress has launched a £10 million appeal to meet the increasing demand from younger veterans for its specialist services…

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of Combat Stress, launched the Appeal at a reception at St James’s Palace, attended by veterans who have been treated by the charity. Launched in Combat Stress’ centenary year, The At Ease Appeal needs to raise £10 million over three years. With more demand for its services than Combat Stress can meet, the charity is more reliant than ever before on charitable donations.

In the last decade new referrals to the charity have doubled to 2,000 a year, largely due to a significant number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans coming forward for help. Recent research* has revealed that the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder is now nearly twice as high among veterans than the general public. For those who served on the frontline in Iraq or Afghanistan, almost one in five are predicted to develop PTSD.

No other organisation provides these services. The money raised through the Appeal will enable Combat Stress to continue supporting those who turn to the charity in their darkest hour by providing crucial services such as its world-leading PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, short-stay clinical treatment and a free 24-hour Helpline and text number.

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