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Armed Forces Day 2018

June 26 2018

Armed Forces Day, Saturday 30th June, is a day to reflect and recognise the effects of war on soldiers and their families. In the run up to the day, we’ll be highlighting some of Care UK’s veterans’ stories and how those with PTSD are supported.

Combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) doesn’t leave a person once they have left the military. Something that David Cherriman, remote support team leader at Care UK, took the time to understand when he attended a Military Mind Symposium.

When David learned that one member of his team, Chris Paige, remote support analyst and ex-army veteran, was diagnosed with PTSD in 2016, he decided to attend the symposium, hosted by the veteran charity Combat Stress, with Chris. The aim of the symposium was for the attendees to learn more about the mind of military personnel and how to manage and support someone with the condition PTSD.

David said, “With the meeting, I learnt a lot more on how I can work with and support Chris when he has difficult days, his struggles going forward, how I can be a more open person for him to come to for support, as well as the ways in which the Combat Stress team can help.”

He concluded by saying, “As an organisation, we are proud to employ and work with army veterans.”

Barry Nee, chief information officer at Care UK, is an advocate for supporting veteran colleagues, “At Care UK we look to support our colleagues from military backgrounds in any way we can.  The mental health of all of our team members is important to us and we always look to create an environment where all of our colleagues can be more confident and achieve their potential.

“Team managers on a more local level, such as David Cherriman, are great at taking on the responsibility of furthering their own understanding of PTSD and how they can best support the veterans in their civilian lives. I would encourage any of our colleagues from a military background to speak to their line-manager openly and honestly about their needs so we may support them in any way we can.”

Tomorrow, we’ll be finding out about Chris’s story.