Survey to find out about post-traumatic stress

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A new national survey of former members of the armed forces and reservists will identify the scale and symptoms of military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

All veterans and reservists of the UK armed forces can participate in the online survey, which is being conducted by charity PTSD Resolution on their website ptsdresolution.org.

Colonel Tony Gauvain, Chairman of PTSD Resolution, said: 'Veterans and reservists should have the right to know as soon as possible, even if long after the traumatic events, whether they're suffering from symptoms of military post traumatic stress. It's a problem blighting the lives of some 20,000 ex-servicemen in jail or on probation and many more ''silent'' victims, often struggling with addiction and family breakdown.'

The charity runs a national outreach programme providing outpatient therapy to armed forces personnel affected by PTSD and is in the process of raising 1m to provide free treatment to sufferers, many of whom are unemployed, to enable them to resume a normal life as quickly as possible.

Col Gauvain said: 'We've the ability now to profile and treat sufferers successfully. With outpatient treatment available nationally, and no waiting lists, our message is: you don't have to wait to get better.'

Call 0845 021 7873 for more information.