Now troops get on­line help

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

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.’

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