Help Combat Stress in Veterans Across East Sussex

The Charity Combat Stress is asking people in East Sussex to either walk or run 10 miles on any day this month.

Money raised will go towards helping veterans with mental health treatment.

The charity says those in our military often suffer from PTSD when coming home from a warzone and may also experience feelings of isolation.

A third of us still don’t understand what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is and its symptoms, according to new research from veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

The research found just 60% of us were able to identify that having panic attacks was a symptom associated with the disorder. Sadly, 11% could not identify any PTSD symptoms.

The NHS describes PTSD as an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and may experience feelings of isolation[1].

However, despite PTSD often being covered in the news and dramatised in movies, there are still many misconceptions around it and its effect on military veterans. 27% believe movies give an accurate depiction of the disorder. Furthermore, 20% think PTSD symptoms start as soon as a veteran returns home or only affects veterans who have experienced combat (17%).

It seems veterans have a special place in the nation’s hearts with 76% saying they are thankful to the British military for their service. However only 25% believe they are shown enough appreciation and 44% said they are not sure how to properly show their support for British military veterans.

Combat Stress is offering the UK public the opportunity to show their appreciation for our veterans. On the first day of March people are being encouraged to either walk or run 10 miles throughout the month of March, all in aid of supporting the provision of vital mental health treatment for UK veterans.

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