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Fundraising reception for veterans charity

Security industry associations are joining together at a fundraising reception on Tuesday, November 13, from 6pm in support of UK forces’ veterans suffering mental health issues from military trauma. The reception at the Crick Centre at St Pancras in London will raise funds for the charity PTSD Resolution. It provides free treatment to former members of the armed forces and their families through a national network of therapists with a near 80pc success rate.

Tickets for the event are available from ASIS online, which includes drinks, canapés, entertainment and a raffle. The event is organised by the UK chapter of the global security body ASIS, with support by the Association of Security Consultants (ASC), IPSA, the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS), and the Spitalfields Security Forum.

David Clark, chairman of ASIS UK, host at the Crick, pictured, says: “I would like to thank our fellow Security Commonwealth members for joining with us in this initiative. With so many veterans working in the security industry, it is important that we, as responsible employers and line managers should recognise their contribution and support them in resolving the effects of trauma experienced now, sustained during their former military careers.

“PTSD Resolution has a longstanding partnership with the security industry as a provider of therapy that is free, effective and locally available, not only to veterans but also their families too. It is fitting that at this time, soon after Remembrance Day, that we should reflect on the contribution of veterans still with us today and join together as an industry in supporting the effective therapy available.”

The symptoms of military trauma can result in family breakdown, job loss, addiction and suicide, says PTSD Resolution director Patrick Rea. Veterans or family members who believe that they may be suffering from the symptoms of trauma should seek help immediately. Features of the service available through PTSD Resolution include:-

1. Free help for Veterans and families suffering mental health issues
2. Confidential, no GP referral is needed
3. Local help through a UK network of therapists
4. Fast treatment, usually with resolution in an average of 5 sessions
5. First session is booked often in days
6. Compassionate: veterans do not have to talk about the events
7. Cost-effective, £550 per program, all from public donations
8. Transparent, with results monitored & reported
9. Use of donations: no salaried staff or assets: funds are used to pay therapists
10. No one turned away; including HM prisoners and those with addiction issues
11. Cobseo members, working with other Forces charities



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