Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Widow of a former soldier calling for more mental health support for veterans

  • WATCH: Richard Slee reports

The wife of a former soldier who took his own are suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is campaigning for better support for veterans.

Alicia Davis is visiting other families following the death of her husband in January.

The veteran, from Bournemouth, suffered severe PTSD following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

71
Number of military personnel and veterans who took their own lives in 2018 (ITV News)

Jamie Davis spent eight years in 4th Battalion The Rifles and had two young sons.

Although his family knew he was suffering with PTSD, they had no indication he would go on to take his own life.

"I'd like to go and speak to people, I want to show people it's ok not to be ok. It's ok to open up and talk about it, because if you don't, what's going to happen is your family is going to go through the same as what I'm going through now and although I have no idea what its like to have ptsd, I know what its like to watch somebody for ten tears with that."

– Alicia Davis

Alicia Davis is now in contact with the Army directly as she tries to find a practical way she can help.