Now troops get online help
TROOPS suffering from mental health issues will soon be able to use a webchat service connecting them to Samaritans counsellors with specialist military training.
Announced to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the service comes after The Mail on Sunday persuaded defence chiefs to launch a 24/7 helpline for active personnel.
The new £3.5 million initiative launches later this year and will allow soldiers to discuss mental health issues online with counsellors via text.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: ‘Personnel serving at home and abroad will be able to access a new confidential system to help them in their time of need.
‘We are committed to making sure that no one in our military suffers in silence and I applaud The Mail on Sunday for highlighting and campaigning on this important issue.’