PTSD Resolution has published the initial results of a survey which looks at the journey a veteran takes when seeking mental health support.
Key findings from the survey suggest people experience a diverse range of traumatic stress symptoms, including pain, confusion and guilt.
Half of those seeking help went to their GP first, and within that group, 4 in 5 people (80%) were prescribed medication. Just over three-quarters (78%) of those who sought medical help were diagnosed with PTSD, and 75% of those who received counselling and 83% of those receiving CBT were asked to re-tell or re-live their trauma.
It has also emerged that 46% of respondents are using alcohol and/or drugs to manage their problems, and just over three-quarters (77%) of those who’ve sought help have sought it on more than one occasion.
You can view the full report on the initial survey results here.
The survey is intended to provide insight into how veterans go about accessing mental health support and the journey they take to receiving it. There is still time to complete the survey by clicking here. The survey consists mostly of tick-box questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and completing it does not automatically connect the respondent to the support system at PTSD Resolution.
PTSD Resolution is a charity that helps Veterans, reservists and families who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of trauma and other mental health problems. You can view their ten year impact report here.