PETERBOROUGH SUPPORTERS OF COMBAT STRESS
The Peterborough Supporters of Combat Stress, was launched 2 years ago by Catherine and David Saunders and their daughter Elaine to help local Service Veterans, who are suffering from the psychological condition known as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), due to conflicts they have been involved in. Post traumatic stress disorder is a complex illness, it includes depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobias, panic attacks and severe alertness and a whole host of other symptoms. Nationally, Combat Stress had 1400 referrals last year and has a current case load of 4600 individuals needing help
This illness affects the whole family unit, one of the reasons for starting Supporters of Combat Stress in Peterborough, was to include families as they are the ones who also suffer from this illness, known as secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, unfortunately there is no treatment available for the families.
We meet on the first Tuesday, of every month, in the Becket Chapel, within Peterborough Cathedral Precinct, we are fortunate enough to have two Community Psychiatric Nurses, and a Welfare Officer attend. Through them we are able to access the correct treatment for the individual client, so the therapy will be programmed to suit their condition. It is always satisfying to see some of our clients looking and feeling better, although some of the older clients will never recover from this illness, the younger generation have a better chance of recovery, so they will be able to lead a more normal life. For more information on The Peterborough Supporters of Combat Stress, they can be contacted on: supportersofcombatstress.co.uk