Davina, a 43-year-old Army veteran who was treated by Combat Stress for PTSD, said: “Whilst I wanted to get help, I really didn’t want anyone at work to know what I was going through. I wanted life to carry on as normal. Combat Stress took my concerns on board and offered me a therapy session one day a week on my day off. This was the perfect solution for me. It’s the hardest thing to say you need help but at Combat Stress, they understand. They know what you don’t.”
Alongside this, there is an urgency to meet the needs of younger veterans who often have work or family commitments and struggle to balance the pressure of their lives with seeking mental health treatment. Combat Stress will use funds raised through the Appeal to increase access to treatment by launching its world-class PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme into the community to allow more veterans to have flexible access to treatment. The charity will also introduce innovative video call therapy and expand its successful Peer Support Service, which helps veterans feel supported and safe so they’re able to engage with the charity and benefit fully from the range of treatment programmes.