Combat Stress announces TV presenter Neil Oliver as its ambassador in Scotland
Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, has today announced Neil Oliver as an ambassador in Scotland.
The television presenter, archaeologist and author, best known for presenting series such as A History of Scotland, Vikings and Coast, will help the charity to raise awareness of its vital work supporting former servicemen and women with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Neil recently visited Hollybush House, the Combat Stress treatment centre in Ayr, to meet with veterans supported by the charity.
Neil said: “Through my work and the research projects I have been involved in, I am aware of the psychological impact war can have. Regardless of age, gender and conflict, the trauma of war can have a devastating and debilitating effect on service personnel and veterans.
“I greatly admire the armed forces. Through my role as ambassador of Combat Stress, I will use my profile to raise awareness of why the charity is needed and the invaluable work it does not only in Scotland but throughout the UK.”
Sue Freeth, Chief Executive of Combat Stress said:
“By raising awareness of Combat Stress we are able to reach more veterans struggling with their mental health, and provide them with the support they need and deserve. It also enables us to raise more money to provide our specialist clinical treatment that helps former servicemen and women rebuild their lives.
“We are delighted that Neil has become an ambassador for Combat Stress in Scotland. With his support we can continue to highlight the issue of veterans’ mental health and increase understanding of the reality of living with service-related trauma.”