The Forgotten Fallen?

As part of our 'Forgotten Fallen?' series, ITV News correspondent Geraint Vincent has uncovered fears that not enough is being done to help soldiers left scarred by the battlefield.

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The Forgotten Fallen? The mental scars of war

22-year-old Liam Smith was a few weeks into his third tour of Afghanistan when he suffered a mental breakdown. He had seen friends killed alongside him in Helmand Province.

Liam was flown back to Britain suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He believes the Taliban are hiding in his wardrobe. He's even tried to carve off his face.

Liam's father, Glyn, claimed the Army wasn't capable of dealing with his son's problems and he only got help he desperately needed when he got in touch with his GP.

Liam Smith was already a seasoned veteran in Afghanistan Credit: MoD


The Forgotten Fallen? 'New study needed' to assess suicide risk to young ex-servicemen

In 2009 researchers at The University of Manchester found that young men who have served in the British Armed Forces are up to three times more likely to take their own lives. They analysed data between 1996 and 2005 to compile the only definitive study of former members of our Armed Forces.

Speaking to ITV News one of the authors of that report, Professor Nav Kapur, said the time had come to carry out a new study.

The Forgotten Fallen? Support for former armed forces personnel

  • Combat Stress looks after men and women who are suffering from a psychological condition related to their career
  • Big White Wall is a peer support network that allows people to be open about what's on their mind

First Base, The Royal British Legion and Healing The Wounds also give help and advice to serving and former personnel.


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