Veteran Speaks About The Mental Health Service Helping To “Rebuild lives”

Posted on November 7, 2018

Since its introduction in April, more than 200 people have been referred to the NHS’s Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS). It deals with issues such as substance abuse, relationship problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) The service gives a range of intensive care and treatment for people with military-related complex mental health difficulties, many of whom will have experienced trauma.  Mr Brown, a Corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was shot in the head in Basra in 2006 after going to repair a military vehicle that was under fire. The 39-year-old from Leeds lost one eye completely and 80% of the vision in the other when a bullet hit his skull, shattering both of his cheekbones. “You come back and you’ve been through this absolute horror and the world has moved on without you – it didn’t need you,” he said. “I couldn’t talk about what I’d been through and what I’d done because I didn’t know how to. The slightest trigger would take you back there.”

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