Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, said:
“The figures revealed by the Ministry of Defence showing increasing numbers of service personnel leaving the Armed Forces with medical discharges is also echoed by our data. We have found a rise in the number of veterans seeking support from Combat Stress after being medically discharged from the military.
“In the last five years we have seen a 71% increase in veterans seeking support for mental health issues and that they are seeking support more quickly. While the reasons for this are unclear, it could be due to the reduction in stigma that is resulting in more ex-servicemen and women feeling able to come forward for treatment and sooner. It could also be that we are starting to see a small but significant increase in the number of veterans with mental health issues.
“We strongly encourage veterans and their loved ones to call our 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619).”