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"Many are suffering in silence"

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Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:08am 12th October 2018.

There are so many suffering in silence in West Norfolk.

Across the UK the number of army personnel and veterans suffering from PTSD has risen from 4 to 6% in the last 10 years.

The findings are from the third phase of a major study which has been running since 2003.

Bridge for Heroes Contact Centre


We spoke to veteran and founder of King's Lynn charity Bridge for Heroes Mike Taylor.

He served for almost 20 years, entering into the Household Cavalry & Royal Armoured Corps and consequently served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq.

His experiences left him with some very prominent memories that prompted him to found The Bridge for Heroes to help and support Service Personnel and Veterans dealing with PTSD and readjustment issues.

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Mike told KLFM PTSD can be difficult for the general public to understand:

"Awareness is increasing and businesses, the population everyone is so supportive.

But from that it's very difficult to understand and empathise with someone whose been the frontline in a battle situation which doesn't end that minute after it it continues on and on and on so you have to deal with it at some other point."

Since its opening in June 2011, the contact centre in Kings Lynn has provided support through respite breaks, pensions advice, compensation claims, housing advice, service records, veteran advice and guidance, historical research and any other issues which may arise.

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What is it?

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
  • Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability, and guilt.
  • They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.

Mike says sufferers can feel very alone:

"A lot of them will be suffering in silence.

They feel very isolated, especailly if they're having flashbacks to whatever conflict was happening and obviously they're living with that on their own.

We ask these people both male and females to give up their lives for our freedom so that's the total sacrifice they'll do."

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