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The Mental Health Symposium at Commando Training Centre

05/03/2019

On 28th February, The Royal Marines Charity and Royal Marines Association proudly hosted and organised a Mental Health Symposium at Commando Training Centre, Lympstone.

Many of our Royal Marine Veterans have been required to live and work in a variety of stressful environments, leaving them vulnerable to emotional effects. Not all challenges occur in battle, and life-changing mental health problems can arise just as easily at home. Many of those affected believe that it is something they can rectify for themselves, but with over 20 years of experience working with PTSD sufferers, we know that this is often not the case.

While many of these are quickly recognised and dealt with effectively, certain mental health issues can go undetected for a long while, and as time goes on, they can impact on relationships with families and friends.

The first-time event saw key organisations come together in one room to better understand the work they are doing together to support members of the ‘Corps Family’ in need and those who are coming to terms with mental illness.

Opened by Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Charlie Stickland OBE, the event featured a wide range of speakers from the Corps, Navy, the NHS and a number of key charities including the Naval Families Foundation, Combat Stress, Rock 2 Recovery, Samaritans and Horseback UK.

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There is tremendous work being undertaken by both service provision and from those in the 3rd sector. Communication and collaboration remains integral to delivery of services and this symposium has really helped forge relationships and better understand at what point in the Promote, Prevent, Detect and Treat continuum each organisation has an input/output.  

Danny Egan, Director of Welfare at RMA-The Royal Marines Charity

Last week’s event was about getting those who help to support the Corps family together to discuss mental health provision and ways of working more effectively to work towards good mental health.

With your continued support, The Royal Marines Support Network (RMSN), funded by The Royal Marines Charity, and part of the Royal Marines Association (RMA), has developed a Psychotherapy Protocol.

Providing safe and practical assistance to RM Veterans who are suffering from mental health-related issues, the “Veterans Referral Plan” (VRP) aims to enrol the client onto a therapeutic placement, and provide treatment from a trained psychotherapist who is listed on the relevant professional qualifications register.

Not all challenges occur in battle, and life-changing mental health problems can arise just as easily at home. Many of those affected believe that it is something they can rectify for themselves, but with over 20 years of experience working with PTSD sufferers, we know that this is often not the case.

Remember, if you or anyone you know requires the support of The Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Marines Association, please contact the Welfare team on 023 9254 7224 or complete a Welfare Request Form here.