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Big rise in veterans treated for stress

By Neil Lancefield

The number of military personnel who have served in Afghanistan and are now seeking help for mental health problems has risen by more than half in the past year, said a charity.

Combat Stress said 358 ex-military personnel sought help from the mental health charity last year, compared with 228 in 2012, a 57% rise. The charity's chief executive, Commodore Andrew Cameron, warned that the numbers were likely to increase in coming years.

He said: "With demand for our services already surging, Combat Stress faces a real challenge in continuing to provide our unique life-changing clinical treatment and support services to those who need it.

"We are planning for services at or above the current level for at least the next five years, and we do not expect to see demand for support tail-off in the near future."

The number of Afghanistan veterans needing support has risen sharply in recent years, it shows.

The charity said it currently had 662 in its care and was treating conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

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