Holiday charity helps military veterans cope with post traumatic stress disorder

Former army nurse Chris Buswell says time away helped him cope with grief and work-related trauma

Former army nurse Chris Buswell says time away helped him cope with grief and work-related trauma

Military nurses, care assistants, medics, doctors and other healthcare professionals are witnesses to a high degree of trauma. We not only see battlefields, peacetime training, traumatic injuries and death, but we have to help the wounded and provide care from the point of contact through to the next level of triage and treatment, or aftercare.

When overseas, our caring role often extends to roles undertaken by the police or mortuary staff. This can have a lasting effect in our minds.

Loss and flashbacks

I suffered the most catastrophic loss when my son passed away, which merged with past traumas from more than 20 years ago and my time as a nurse in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.


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