Combat Stress....A plea for help!

Nick78

Midshipman
Apologies in advance for this!

In July I am cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End, a route of over 1000 miles raising money for Combat Stress, the ex services mental welfare charity.

I am finding it incredibly hard to get sponsorship so am turning to this site for help.

Please, if you can help in anyway yourself, or if you can pass on my details to anyone else who can, I would be most grateful.

www.justgiving.com/com...tresscycle (safe payement system on this)

many thanks in advance.
 

Nick78

Midshipman
I fully appreciate that you must all be inundated with requests for money for various charities.

So far one or two people have been incredibly kind with various offers to help from this site, but this note is to ask you ALL to please think about helping.

The statistics are horrendous, 329 suicides amongst those who served in the Falklands, 20 so far from the Gulf. Combat Stress is working with over 8,000 serviceman and women, and is the only charity supporting the mental welfare of ex-servicemen and women in the way they do.

The programmes which have been aired recently on television, which have had many discussions in the forums about, have shown the smallest glimpse of the situation, so please, please help the Charity continue it's work. I am cycling a route of over a thousand miles for them in July and would really appreciate it if people could donate on my site www.justgiving.com/com...tresscycle whether it is 20p it doesn't matter!

Many thanks in advance, and apologies again, but this is such an important issue, and I would have thought close to the hearts of all users of this site.
 

ali_p

Midshipman
Remember...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience.
It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.
 
Nick78 said:
Apologies in advance for this!

In July I am cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End, a route of over 1000 miles raising money for Combat Stress, the ex services mental welfare charity.

I am finding it incredibly hard to get sponsorship so am turning to this site for help.

Please, if you can help in anyway yourself, or if you can pass on my details to anyone else who can, I would be most grateful.

www.justgiving.com/com...tresscycle (safe payement system on this)

many thanks in advance.

Hi Nick78,

I recall you posting this a few months ago somewhere in this site and also posting the same link, which then as now was reported to you as not working? Please could you address this problem if you want sponsorship, or there is not much point in requesting sponsorship. :roll:

I'm always happy to donate to Combat Stress though, they do good work which is underappreciated by the general public, but as yet have been unable to sponsor you.

Best wishes,

Steve.
 

ali_p

Midshipman
PTSD affects all in different manners, from what seems trivial to some, is a mega pain in the arse for others.

from experience, people go through their lives without realising there is even a problem that exists.
 

Nick78

Midshipman
Apologies to all for not replying sooner. I have just infact got back from completeing the ride, all done in eleven days.

I am sorry that there have been problems with the link. It is posted on the army side of this site and works without any problem. I will add itn again here and will write out in full so if the link fails again anyone wishing to sponsor can simply copy and paste or type the address in to the address bar at the top of the page.

I read Lingyai's message asking about Combat Stress in the Gulf and found this an interesting discussion to start. When I was fundraising before the ride I was finding it incredibly hard to find sympathetic responses to my aims. Shockingly I found many servicemen and women who would ask why I was bothering to do something for Combat Stress, couldn't people just laugh off their experiences. Civvies would often say to me they would not support my cause for they believed servicemen and women know what they are signing up to......

My answer to them and as a response to Lingyai's question is the folllowing; You can train a human to soldier, you can train them to kill, jump out of aeroplanes do whatever it is to carry out their duties. What you can never do over short periods of time is train every human mind to accept acctions and visions all on the same level. That is to say that people react differently, this is what differentiates us as individuals. Some people feel like crying when they see a sad film, the very same people may laugh at a funeral. We all accept things in different ways. Thus Service personnel do the same and nobody will ever really know what triggers PTSD or depression from one man to another.

The British Military is increasingly finding itself in incredibly difficult circumstances. Ask anyone who witnessed the horrors of Ahmici and they will understand fully how people can suffer mentaly.

It is indeed very easy in barracks, surrounded by your mates to laugh things off, and asume an air of mental sterility. Once you have left the military and are a civilian this is often when problems arise and it is thus it takes on average 14 yrs of suffering before a serviceman/woman seeks psychologocal help.
Spare a thought now, in an age of incresed useage of the reserves. men and women who return from duty, hand their kit in to the stores and are expected to slip back in to the life of nine to five civy job and popping in to Tesco. Not an easy transformation to make.
It is for these reasons that Combat Stress has seen a marked increase in people turning to them for support. They work very closely and have a good relationship woth the MOD and other military organisations, but they need financial support to keep going, and as CS are currently taking on average 700 new patients each year you can see clearly and increase in funding needed.

And so to make a microscopic difference I decided to cycle the length of Britain, having had both my knees operated on last January. It was a hell of an effort, carrying all your kit etc, and one which I hope will be seen by all reading this as a worthwhile cause. I hope this post answers some of the questions raised.

Nick

www.justgiving.com/combatstresscycle

www dot justgiving dot com / combat stress cycle
 

jewishscotsman

Midshipman
Combat Stress & P.T.S.D

Mate i have turned to the bottle, as it is an easier way of getting to sleep, with out having to see all the crap i have seen ,

imagine walking down the street, then the next minute your back in a frigging fight, only thing is it aint there except in your head.

you can call it many names,but it all comes down to the same thing, were all fucked up, my refuge is my bottle, better than the frigging pills i was given.

hope all goes well for your bike ride, make sure you pack the vaseline.
 
The link works. Well done. I agree there are a lot of people out there who take the attitude that people knew what they were signing on for - well I'm not sure for teenage recruits if that assertion is remotely reasonable. How many civvies have any real idea about what service personnel actually experience or the psychological impact those experiences can have upon them. Perhaps too few have had relatives who fought in the Far East and were prisoners of the Japanese Empire - had they grown up with relatives who had suffered under this they might have more compassion and insight into this very real and distressing condition.

I remember a few years ago during Chatham Navy Days an ex-Naval Falklands Veteran was suffering from flashbacks when there was a helicopter display. Most people just watched as if he was a nutcase. One of the guys from the Ganges Association's tent* who knew him went over and took care of him. He had to explain to the policewoman on duty what was happening as she didn't have a clue.

Steve.

*I was providing ballast to stop it taking off as it was a very windy day.
 
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