Mental health: facing the facts

When we think of veterans and mental health issues, we often think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, did you know that members of the Armed Forces community are far more likely to suffer with issues such as depression, anxiety and social isolation?

Research from the Household Survey (2014) showed 10% of veterans are living with a mental health problem. Why is mental health a problem for veterans?

Combat operations can take their toll mentally as well as physically and a lot of veterans struggle to make the transition from military to civilian life. Having been so used to the structure and camaraderie of the military, it can be incredibly hard to suddenly face the challenges of civvy street alone.

After leaving the Army, 24-year-old Ryan really struggled: “I went into a deep depression and my confidence was at rock bottom. Poppyscotland helped with counselling and by paying for a plastering course. I passed it and soon landed a full-time job. Without the support I got, my life would be very different.”

By donating to Poppyscotland today you could offer veterans like Ryan the support they need to improve their mental wellbeing. £25 could pay for an hour of life changing advice for a veteran with mental health issues.

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