Navy veterans to get support and help after leaving

LAUNCH From left, Major Cameron March, Major General Sir Julian Thompson and Major General Ed Davis. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14667-1)
LAUNCH From left, Major Cameron March, Major General Sir Julian Thompson and Major General Ed Davis. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14667-1)

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VETERANS will now get support for mental health problems and rehabilitation after leaving the Royal Navy.

Trauma Risk Management (Trim) was introduced more than 16 years ago as a form of specialist ‘in house’ support for Royal Marine veterans suffering with mental illness, often as a result of active service in areas of conflict.

Trim practitioners provide support and advice in person and over the phone, offering a liaison service between the individual and mental health services.

It was introduced by Royal Marines consultant psychiatrist Professor Neil Greenberg and former Royal Marine Major Cameron March.

Now Major March has launched Trim for Veterans, which offers a similar service to those who have left the navy.

He said: ‘We have about 600 people who leave the Royal Marines. Some of them have been in conflict, and may need help.

‘For others, it’s about adjusting to civilian life again, about dealing with the NHS, housing situations, and other things to do with civilian life.

‘Often post-traumatic stress disorder may not happen for a while, so Trim for Veterans, will be on hand for that too.’

The service was launched at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea yesterday.

Major March added: ‘Meeting the mental health needs of our veterans is a real priority for the Royal Marines.

‘Offering help and directing individuals to the right support networks early on has been shown to 
improve overall health and patients respond better to treatment.

‘The Trim scheme will help us to offer a more holistic approach to veterans, which in turn will give them the support they need to help them recover quickly.

‘I’m so pleased to have played a part in setting up this new service and am looking forward to seeing the difference it makes to our veterans.’

Visit trim4veterans.org