The Sandbag Times Issue No: 51

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The Veterans Magazine

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THE VETERANS’ MAGAZINE

January Edition

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71 SUICIDES AS 2018 COMES TO AN END

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By ITV News

As families across the country prepare to

spend Christmas with their loved ones,

for the families of the 71 serving military

personnel and veterans who took their

own lives in 2018 following mental health

struggles, a rather different and more

painful day approaches.

The death toll exceeds the number of

battlefield fatalities in 11 of the 13 years

that British troops were in Afghanistan,

ITV News can reveal. The research -

compiled by ITV News with the help of

veterans' organisations - found more

than one third who took their own lives

this year, and whose details are known,

had suffered from post-traumatic stress

disorder (PTSD) - an anxiety disorder

caused by very stressful, frightening or

distressing events. Someone with PTSD

often relives the traumatic event through

nightmares and flashbacks, and may

experience feelings of isolation, irritability

and guilt. One such sufferer was Warrant

Officer Nathan Hunt who took his life on

New Year's Day - the first in a long line of

military suicides this year. Following the

death of their son, Nathan's parents say

they have "cancelled Christmas this

year". "We just couldn't sit there around

the table, with our other sons and grandkids

and celebrate, knowing that he was

10 minutes down the road lying cold in a

grave," his father Derek, told ITV News.

"We just couldn't bring ourselves to do it.

Like Nathan, 31-year-old Corporal

Mathew Shillito also suffered from PTSD.

The father from Leicestershire killed himself

on October 1. Read more on ITV

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