A NEW helpline for Brit troops suffering PTSD launches today – weeks after suicide death of Prince Harry’s sergeant.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the service will be rolled out at midday in a bid to reduce soaring suicide rates among ex-Forces personnel.
And the Government pledged an extra £20million over the next decade to pay for it, the Daily Mail reports.
Mr Williamson said: “It is our duty to do all we can for our world-class personnel.
“I will be working personally with the service chiefs to make sure there isn’t a single person in the Armed Forces who doesn’t know where to run in times of trouble.”
The move comes after Melanie Waters of Help For Heroes used The Sun to call for more to be done to help troops suffering with mental health problems.
Warrant Officer Nathan Hunt had told friends he was struggling with PTSD
Warrant Officer Nathan Hunt served with Prince Harry in Afghanistan in 2008
And it comes just weeks on from the tragic suicide death of a soldier who fought alongside Prince Harry.
Warrant Officer Nathan Hunt took his own life on New Year’s Day after telling war buddies he was struggling to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
In the wake of his death, his wife Lainey Hunt accused defence chiefs for failing to properly support her husband, who was just 39 when the impacts of war became too much.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the grieving widow said: “He sought help but said the Army’s mental health services were useless.”
She said her husband, who was decorated for his bravery after saving lives in Afghanistan, did not know where to turn for help as he struggled with PTSD.
Lainey added: “Nathan felt like the system let him down and he didn’t know who to turn to.”
But WO Hunt’s family hailed the launch of the new 24-hour helpline, with Lainey calling it “brilliant news”.
And his mum Maria, 64, said: “It is fantastic news, I’m thrilled to bits.
“I’m so glad that something good has come out of Nathan’s death.”
The free Military Mental Health will be funded by the MoD and run by charity Combat Stress, and can be reached on 0800 323 4444.