In our recent Veterans and Families survey*, we found that 73%^ of veterans with a long-term health condition struggle with their mental health every day.
Royal Navy veteran David was diagnosed with PTSD in 2015 but, astonishingly despite having been supported by Help for Heroes for his physical injuries for some time, he didn’t feel able to reach out for help for his mental health wounds until the beginning of 2021 – instead he tried to live with both his physical and mental injuries for another six years.
David said: “If I hadn’t had the help from Hidden Wounds at Help for Heroes I wouldn’t be here now. That’s 100 per cent. I’m halfway through my therapy and it’s working. It’s stopping me from getting anxious and annoyed. Wanting to punch a wall. I have a strategy now to stop me doing that.“
Our Hidden Wounds team offers specialist one-to-one support for common mental health problems affecting quality of life.
Sarah Jones, Head of Psychological Wellbeing at Help for Heroes’, said: “Our data confirms that mental health needs remain a primary concern for our beneficiaries, particularly through the Covid 19 pandemic and recent allied forces withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Our promise to be here to support our veteran community when they need help remains at the heart of all we do. We know our evidence-based approaches work to help improve common mental difficulties. To all those who feel they are struggling please reach out to us for help. We are here for you.”
[*] 2,201 veterans and serving personnel and 339 family members, friends and carers responded to a survey conducted by Help for Heroes from 3rd-18th June 2021 sent to over 15,000 wounded, injured and sick veterans, serving personnel and family members, and open to the wider veteran community via social media channels and partner communications, to understand their support needs.
[^] Of the 2,540 survey responses, 1,741 were from veterans and serving personnel with self-declared long-term health conditions, defined as those that create an impairment or illness that has a substantial effect on a person’s ability to do normal daily activities.