A 24-hour helpline service has been set up which
will cater mental health advice for traumatized soldiers coming home from the
Middle-east. It is estimated that about 1 in 4 of those who served in Iraq
suffer from some kind of mental health issue. Service personnel of
Colchester's troops and veterans can seek advice about post traumatic stress or
other mental issues. Families can also call the helpline to speak to
people trained in dealing with ex-service men and women.
The helpline will be run in partnership between the
Department of Health, charity Combat Stress and Rethink. It has been funded by
The Enemy within Appeal launched last year.
The helpline number is 0800 138 1619.