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Online mental health service for military launched

New charity Stand Down to offer psychological support to military personnel and their families (2)

A new online free and confidential psychological support service has been launched, which provides immediate and accessible online support and trauma recovery from mental health practitioners. 

Believed to be the first of its kind, Stand Down is aimed at those currently serving in the military, veterans and their families. It wants to encourage those who may be reluctant or unable to seek help from their employer, or take early intervention, which can often prevent more serous serious issues further down the line.

A recent King’s College report revealed that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left 83,000 British troops with mental or physical injures. Nine out of ten of these were likely to have mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder. With over 230,000 frontline and reservist personnel, many more veterans and thousands more in their extended families, this will be a much-needed facility for many.

It was launched in the House of Lords in February, receiving the support of both military and health professionals, by CEO is Kyna Jeng, who has first hand experience through the young death of her brother which was a result of his mental trauma following military service, it has affected her family and many around her.

She says: “When you see at first hand the devastating effects of someone in your family suffering from mental trauma, and endure the fallout that we will have to deal with for the rest of our lives, you just have to do something about it. We know that broken lives can be mended. We will ensure that others receive the treatment they need.”

For more information, visit the website or follow the charity on Twitter @Stand__Down.

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