People in Lancashire who are struggling with their mental health and are affected by fireworks can get help from the Military Veterans’ Service this this Bonfire Night.
For many, Bonfire Night is an opportunity to pull out a winter coat and enjoy the fireworks whilst cosied up around a crackling fire. However for many Veterans, it is one that can trigger service-related trauma and distress. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust would like people to consider that bonfire night isn’t always fun for everyone. The sight and loud explosion of fireworks can cause an array of emotional problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stress, depression and anxiety. The Military Veterans’ service provides mental health support to those who have served in the armed forces and understand that people can often find it hard to ask for help.
Joe Crocock, Military Veterans’ Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We understand that people across Lancashire look forward to Bonfire Night and the wonderful displays that take place. Whilst enjoying the evening we would like to remind people that there are veterans out there who are experiencing difficulties and unwanted flashbacks. We understand that the next few weeks can be very difficult for these people but nobody should suffer alone. We want to remind those struggling with their mental health and the loud bangs and bright flashes from the displays to get in touch with the service.”
The Military Veterans’ Service is a partnership between Lancashire Care and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The service provides a valuable insight and understanding of life both in and out of the forces as many staff are veterans themselves or have family members in the forces.
For more information about the Military Veterans’ Service and to make a self-referral, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Military-Veterans or call 0300 323 0707.