There is an extraordinarily strong bond that develops between members of the Armed Forces. Their lives are (or have been) in the hands of each other on a daily basis for months, possibly years. Many have witnessed, experienced and participated together in dramatic and powerful events that only they can truly understand, and this binds them together even more tightly. Leaving the Services and leaving the unit is a form of bereavement and finding each other and being together, sleeping rough on the streets, can be much more emotionally supportive than living alone. It is often difficult, if not impossible, to discuss their experiences with family, friends and loved ones. Barriers build and resentment can form; how could a civilian possibly understand what it was like to serve your country, witnessing things that most people could barely imagine and to fight for your beliefs when necessary? A feeling of alienation can develop to the point that it is impossible for the veteran to remain in a family unit.
PTSD is a widely recognised illness, particularly amongst former Armed Forces personnel, however, it may take several years to appear in its full blown format. It often takes many forms and is a permanent condition, the symptoms of which require active and preferably pre-emptive management. Combat Stress provides intensive treatment and therapies for those men and women who have been referred to one of their centres or out reach teams. Their intervention and support enable many of these men and women to lead successful and happy lives. PTSD affects individuals from all backgrounds, but can be difficult to manage without the support of a loving and understanding family and network of friends. The early and often undiagnosed symptoms of PTSD can result in the breakdown of relationships, which in turn can lead to homelessness.
Exmod Ltd "Forget-Me-Not" does not offer treatment for mental illness, addiction or substance abuse, nor can we prevent offending. We believe that specialist work should be left to the professionals such as Combat Stress, the Probation Service and Addiction Support Organisations. We offer accommodation for homeless veterans who for whatever reason have found themselves living on the streets; many of whom suffer from alcohol or substance abuse or mental illness including PTSD and depression.
All treatments available to our clients are complimentary and carried out by qualified therapists. We encourage our clients to stimulate the body and mind whilst in our care and discuss individual needs upon arrival at our centre. Armed Forces personnel and former Armed Forces personnel are naturally proud people; asking for help is very difficult and a huge step. By using an organisation which is largely run and staffed by veterans, this transition has proved to be much easier.