Assessing the needs of British Forces Veterans that have PTSD
I'm a veteran that suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I need your help to gather information to help other Veterans. If we don't contribute to this sort of information gathering exercise, we won't be able to bring about the changes needed to better support Veterans in this country; especially those Veterans from earlier conflicts that seem to be forgotten under the media attention on current conflicts.
Help to raise awareness of the needs of Veterans from WW2, Korea, the Falklands, Northern Ireland, The Balkan wars, Kuwait, the Gulf war and any other conflicts that I've missed by having your say in this survey.
I'm conducting a survey to find out how other veterans suffering with PTSD feel about the support that they get in the community and to allow them an open forum to say exactly what they want in terms of support services in the community.
This is an especially important survey when cuts in social care and welfare benefits are being announced by the government. In order to assist veterans, I feel we need a snapshot of the current situation with regards to care provision and access to advice, information and advocacy for veterans.
This survey is not restriced to medical care. I want to know how you cope with daily living and if there is some sort of help that could be provided for your specific needs.
I also want you to feel that you can say whatever you want on this survey. This is your chance to have your say but please make your comments constructive.
The results will be presented online on Facebook and Blogger and your anonymity is guaranteed. Your personal identification details will not be used at all as this survey doesn't record them anywhere.
Please pass this survey to anyone that has served in the British Armed Forces.
If you are doing any relelvant work to help Veterans with PTSD, you will be able to use the results from this survey.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to contribute.
Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu
NB For those of you that feel that you might have PTSD and haven't had a diagnosis, here are some of the symptoms of PTSD:
Nightmares and/or flashbacks reliving certain traumatic incidents
Anger or rage
Avoidance of things that might remind you of traumatic incidents
Hyper-vigilance (always on the look out for trouble)