Veterans with PTSD get £9m boost — as probe into soldier suicides is promised

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Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are to get a £9million boost from the Government – a victory for the Sunday People’s PTSD campaign.

New Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt says 90 per cent of a fresh £10million fund will go to military charities and mental health projects.

Ms Mordaunt, herself a Royal Navy reserve officer, said: “Veteran-led organisations often provide the most valued and effective support.

“We will provide support so they can access this funding.” And she promised to extend a study into suicide by those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Penny Mordaunt is the government’s new Defence Secretary

NHS England and the Ministry of Defence will also give cash to Manchester University to study risk factors such as PTSD for veterans who take their own lives.

And researchers will be allowed access to an official suicide database and coroner court records.

Ms Mordaunt, who was appointed two weeks ago, has demanded a proper investigation to discover whether veteran suicide is disproportionate to the rate in the general population – part of the Sunday People’s Save Our Soldiers campaign.

The MoD always argued that ex-service men and women are at no more risk.

An Armed Forces mental health and wellbeing champion – Warrant Officer Glenn Haughton OBE who served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan – is also being appointed.

He said: “It doesn’t matter how big and tough you are – mental health can affect us all.”

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