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Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity. We treat a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Mental health issues can affect ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Right now, we have more than 6,000 veterans registered with us for support. We're a vital lifeline for these veterans, and their families.
Our treatment and support services are always free of charge for veterans. We are Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered and the NHS England PTSD specialist treatment provider for veterans.
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Symptoms of trauma
People react to traumatic experiences in different ways. Here are some symptoms you may recognise:
- Work-related or relationship problems
- Feeling numb and empty
- Feeling suicidal
- Self harm and self-destructive tendencies
- Being easily moved to tears
- Avoidance of people and places
- Panic attacks/anxiety/depression/mood swings
- Feeling isolated
- Anger or aggressive behaviour
- Feeling distrustful and suspicious/blaming others
- Misuse of alcohol/drugs/gambling and/or food
Can you do 22 Push-ups in support of veterans’ mental health?
Taking part in the #22PushupChallenge is a great way to raise awareness of veterans’ mental health and PTSD, and at the same time make a donation to charity.
Looking for a new challenge in 2017?
Check out our list of challenge events including swims, skydives, treks, cycles, Tough Mudders and more.
Call our 24-Hour Helpline on 0800 138 1619
Don’t feel you’re alone – if you serve, or have served your country, as a regular or reservist, our 24-hour Helpline can provide confidential advice on mental health problems and how to get help.
If you’re a family member or carer worried about a loved one, you can call the Helpline too.
You can also text: 07537 404 719(standard charges may apply for texts), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org