Tackling Stigma with Veterans
We want veterans who struggle with their mental health to be able to ask for help quickly. So veterans across Scotland have shared their stories on why this is so important.
On average it takes more than 10 years for a veteran of the armed forces to ask for support for their mental health, with many reaching crisis point before telling anyone.
We want to change this. So we have been working with veterans all over Scotland, to create The Guard campaign. Veterans have told us that that not wanting people to know what they are going through, and worries about being seen as weak, stop veterans reaching out when they struggle with their mental health.
We want veterans who struggle with their mental health to be able to ask for the help they deserve quickly, without worries about how they will be perceived. You are not alone, and there is great support from organisations, who understand what they are experiencing.
Self-stigma is a big issue for so many veterans and the veterans we have worked with want to break down that barrier by sharing their own experiences.
Below, hear the veterans speak about their stories, and find out more about how mental health stigma impacts veterans.
If you are in Edinburgh between November 29th, and December 8th you can also see the veterans portraits on display in the waiting room at Edinburgh Waverley station.
Stacy served for six years in the RAF and struggled with her mental health during her later time serving, and when she left.
Johnny served in the Army for 12 years. He struggled with drinking and his mental health after his first tour in Iraq when he was 18.
David served in the Navy and was the youngest Scot to fight in the Falklands War. He experienced PTSD and depression for may years.
Danny was in the Scots Guards for nine years, and started to struggle as soon as he left the forces.
Sean served for 15 years in the Intelligence Corps, experiencing a psychological injury in 2017.