Oxfordshire woman calls for more mental health support for military veterans suffering from PTSD

1st Battalion Royal Regiment Fusiliers dawn patrol, Afghanistan Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Kate England's husband James has been diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has tried to take his own life twice.

She says she feels pushed out and ignored by the healthcare system.

James England was in the 1st Queens Dragoon Guards.

He served in Bosnia and was involved in fierce fighting during three tours of Iraq and lost friends and colleagues in action.

When he came home to civilian life in Witney with his wife and four young boys, he struggled to cope, becoming deeply depressed.

James England was in the 1st Queens Dragoon Guards

Kate England is not in the army but she has been fighting a long battle.

She's calling for more support for ex-servicemen and women who are struggling with mental health problems.

She says James has severe PTSD and is not getting the help he needs.

Kate is passionate in her belief that if there was more training and resources at the point of diagnosis of veterans suffering PTSD, James would be a lot further along the road to recovery.

She's not saying he would be cured, but thinks James would be a lot more stable and would have continuity of care.

This, she believes, is one of the biggest problems in the four years since 2014 when local mental health first engaged with James - he's never had one person overseeing his case.

She says they've almost given up telling the same story over and over to different people.

Kate says more help is needed for veterans

Combat Stress is a veterans charity offering therapeutic and clinical, community and residential treatment to former members of the Armed Forces who are suffering from a range of mental health conditions including PTSD.

They say sometimes cases are too complex for it to help and veterans are falling through gaps in care.

Combat Stress the veterans charity says it can't help everyone Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

The NHS says it is committed to ensuring that ex-forces get the care and treatment they need and deserve, adding it is investing more than £6 million each year in the Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans' Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).

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