In the Autumn of 2014 whilst attending the Remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in London, we learnt of the untimely death of a brother sapper. It’s always sad when a young life ends, but even sadder when you learn the person took their own life. He had been suffering from PTSD. The suffering that PTSD causes is well documented but only truly appreciated by those it affects and those friends and family who witness its corrosive grip.
Initially designed to help sappers, the volume of calls we have received and the different number of cap Badges has meant that we have needed to adapt quickly. With the increasing number of 999 personnel contacting us we are now a multi service charity.
We now have a facility to help with early diagnosis, pay for that all important initial assessment. Once diagnosed, treatment can begin.
However, we are not solely limited to helping those with PTSD. There are other forms of mental health issues which we can help with by giving emotional, physical, financial support and signposting to other agencies.
Our volunteers are not doctors, councillors or health professionals. They are sappers who speak the lingo of the British squaddie, have served in all the theatres of war from Iraq’s Desert Storm to modern day Afghanistan.
We are not here to judge, we are here to listen, chat and help.
Sapper Support is here to help people today, before they get to the point where they break.