The UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, Combat Stress, has been announced as the charity partner of this year’s International Security Expo.
Held on 28 and 29 November 2018 at London Olympia, the International Security Expo is the premier global security showcase attracting an audience of over 12,000 international visitors from Government, Military, Transport, Intelligence, Major Events, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, CNI and the Private Sector
Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CB CBE, Chairman of Combat Stress said;
“We are so grateful to the International Security Expo for choosing Combat Stress as their charity partner for a second year.
“We recognise the importance of the security industry in its offer of fulfilling employment and careers to many veterans. It is important that we are able to let the industry know more about the charity and how we are on hand to help veterans across the UK who may struggle with their mental health. Former servicemen and women are an invaluable asset for business. The International Security Expo is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness among employers in the sector, of the work we do and the support we can offer them and their employees should the need arise.”
Peter Jones, International Security said;
“It’s essential that we support Combat Stress because they are one of the few places that veterans, returning from conflict can go for support. We’ve seen at first hand the work they do at one of their specialist centres and you can’t help but be inspired and moved by the work they do.
“Many military servicemen and women attend our show as well as people who have switched careers to the security industry, which is why we are immensely proud to be supporting them again this year.”
For more information on the International Security Expo please visit: internationalsecurityexpo.com
Free passes are available at internationalsecurityexpo.com/combatstress
About Combat Stress
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.
For almost a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Over the past five years (2012 to 2017) we have seen an average of more than 2,000 referrals each year. Demand for our services continues to grow – we have seen a 143% increase in referrals from ten years ago.
On average it takes 12 years after leaving the military for veterans to contact Combat Stress for help, by which time their condition is often highly complex. However, veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts are coming to Combat Stress much sooner (three and four years respectively).
To help veterans rebuild their lives, we provide a range of free services:
- Short-stay clinical treatment at our treatment centres
- A specialist Intensive Treatment Programme – delivered at our treatment centres
- Community Teams – providing treatment and practical support to veterans. Last year our regional community teams undertook almost 5,400 face-to-face appointments
- Outpatients – assessment by psychiatrists and psychologists – at our treatment centres and in the community – enables us to diagnose, define and deliver the treatment veterans require
- Occupational therapy – delivered at our treatment centres and in the community, we use meaningful and creative activity to encourage hope, wellbeing and recovery
- Peer Support Service – Led by veterans for veterans, it’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for those with mental health problems. The service enables them to share their experiences, receive support and socialise with others with similar experiences.
- Substance Misuse Case Management Service – helping veterans to access the services for their drug and alcohol problems so their mental health issues can be addressed
- We have a 24-hour Helpline available to veterans and their families (0800 138 1619) and to serving personnel and their families (0800 323 4444)
Our website: combatstress.org.uk
On Twitter: @CombatStress
On Facebook: facebook.com/CombatStress
On LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/combat-stress