2009
08.25

“The worst fear everyone in the SAS has is that they’d get binned form the unit if they said something – and they probably would.” – Bob Paxman

August 25, 2009
Pete Norman, Sky News Online

Britain’s armed forces are at risk of massive mental health problems because of their stressful work and a lack of support, an ex-SAS soldier says.

Ex-trooper Bob Paxman, 41, has broken the SAS vow of silence to reveal the risk soldiers face fighting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“The military have got a massive problem on their hands and they haven’t faced up to it yet,” Paxman said.

Paxman explained to Sky News’ Eamonn Holmes how PTSD symptoms can manifest themselves in troops.

“It can be anything from flashbacks, nightmares, depression or self-medication with drugs or alcohol,” said Paxman, who has set up a charity to help those suffering in silence.

“It’s a huge problem and we are getting a lot of telephone calls each week from the tri-services and the blue light services.”

The newly registered charity, Talking2Minds, which includes ex-SAS man Andy McNab and Falklands veteran Simon Weston among its patrons, uses cognitive, neuro-linguistic and time line therapies.

Critics claim the Ministry of Defence has not provided the support troops need, especially with increasing work loads post-9/11 with action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Over the years there have been systems developed to help guys cope with problems, so why should we let them suffer in peace when we can help them get back to a normal life?”

“I’m afraid the stiff upper lip of the British has made us sit back and not talk about what is happening – now it is time for help.”

Go here to read the Sky News article

Talking2minds is a Registered Charity 1131142 with a unique process that ‘eradicates the symptoms of PTSD’ and assists suffers regain their self worth, find their purpose in life and fulfill their potential. Many of these people are held back because of negative experiences.

“We assist people to make changes quickly and move forward in their lives. We offer help to anyone who has experienced trauma or negative experiences and are displaying…

the symptoms of PTSD, whether they have or have not been diagnosed by the medical system.

Most people are unaware of the true impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you’ve found your way to our website, there is a good chance that you, or someone you know, are one of the many thousands of people in the UK affected by Post Traumatic Stress each year.”

“You are not alone.”

Click here to go to the ‘Talking2Minds’ website