09 September 2013
Promoting understanding of military veterans
AWP's Stuart Haywood has been telling BBC Radio Bristol about
the mental health needs of military veterans.
People serving in the armed forces face the same mental health
issues as other people but what is different is the context in
which mental health problems occur and devlop in the armed
Stuart, in his role as one of the South West Veterans' Mental
Health Service (SWVets) specialist practitioners, was talking
to John Darvall on Radio Bristol earlier this week to help explore
some of the issues that veterans can face: "Military staff are sent
into a dangerous and traumatic situation, which they are expected
to deal with and then come back and take part in everyday life.
"This makes it difficult to acknowledge something is wrong and
to talk about it. Often it is the family and friends who first
notice something is awry. Also, the nature of the job means the
person does not have the time to step away from the situation and
do something about it. In some cases, it can be years between an
incident occurring and seeking help."
John Darvell agreed that whilst there is excellent support for
veterans in respect of physical rehabilitation, less is known in
the NHS about mental health issues in the forces.
To this end, SWVets is launching a new training event to raise
the clinician's awareness and understanding of the nature of the
issues affecting military veterans and their families when they
present with psychological problems. The course is also open to
Well done Stuart on a great interview.