In 2010 a report in the medical journal, The Lancet, warned of a potential surge in cases of soldiers suffering mental trauma. It said:
- Up to 4 per cent of troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan could suffer PTSD
- Most post-traumatic stress disorder victims show signs of the illness within a decade
- It means around 7,000 troops could become sufferers
Two mothers whose sons committed suicide a week apart last month are campaigning to raise awareness of their suicide.
In the United States, suicides in the military have claimed more lives than the fighting.
Soldier Liam Smith suffers terrible mental trauma. He believes the Taliban are in his wardrobe. He's even tried to carve off his face.