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New play 'Shell Shock' to challenge the stigma of PTSD and mental health

Between 2007 and 2015, 450 military personnel were discharged from the British services due to post-traumatic stress.

But, of course, trauma and loss are something we all face, and a new play appearing in this month's Brighton Fringe is hoping to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to writer and former soldier Neil Watkins, director Tim Mariott, actor Tom Page and military psychologist Prof Jamie Hughes.

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MP welcomes Arctic convoy announcement

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that the Arctic Convoy Veterans of WW2 will begin receiving medals in recognition of their heroism and bravery.

“I'm delighted that having finally made the decision to award the medal, the Government have turned the design and criteria around in rapid time.

"The Arctic Convoy veterans are all heroes in the truest sense of the word. After ten years of campaigning my delight to see justice finally being done is tinged with sadness that so many are no longer alive to receive the medals they richly deserved.”

– Caroline Dinenage MP

Memorial service for Falklands fallen

Veterans from across the South are preparing to remember their fallen comrades at a special memorial service in Aldershot.

Thirty years ago today Argentine soldiers surrendered to British Forces. This weekend more than 1000 former PARAS will march through the town.

The anniversary comes as residents of the Falkland Islands prepare to vote in a referendum on whether they wish to remain in the UK.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the islands and the anniversary has raised tensions between the two countries.

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