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Charity: 26% rise in veterans seeking PTSD support

Military charity Combat Stress has seen a 26% increase in veterans seeking help for PTSD Credit: PA Wire

The number of veterans seeking help for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has risen by more than a quarter over the last year.

Military charity Combat Stress said a total of 2,264 former services personnel contacted them for support for PTSD and other mental health problems last year - an increase of 26%.

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increase in number of veterans seeking help for post traumatic stress disorder

The organisation said six new veterans are coming forward to ask for help each day.

The rise in cases of more than a quarter at least doubled the increase seen the previous year.

The trend was said to be mainly due to a "marked rise" in the number of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan coming forward with mental health problems.