Number of UK war veterans seeking help for mental health issues on the rise

Combat Stress charity reports 57% increase in number of ex-military personnel needing treatment in 2013 and says UK must prepare for escalation

The number of Afghanistan veterans seeking help for mental health problems surged in 2013 and is likely to peak again this year as the British military ends its 13-year conflict in the country, according to new figures published on Monday.

There was a 57%increase in the number of ex-military personnel needing treatment from the charity Combat Stress, which had a record 358 Afghanistan-related referrals last year, compared with 228 in 2012.

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