In a timely nod to the sacrifices made by our armed forces on Remembrance Day, Excel Housing Solutions have opened new facilities to provide supported accommodation for some of Liverpool’s ex-services personnel.
Jenny Barnes, from Excel, said: “We have recently opened two services for veterans with support needs. All the properties are shared and fully furnished to a high standard.”
There is a real, and growing, need for this kind of support. Figures released by the MoD reveal 5,076 soldiers were found to have “mental health disorders” in 2013 – 28 per cent higher than in 2011. Early statistics from the first half of 2014 suggest the number is set to rise again.
The charity Combat Stress, which supports veterans with mental health issues said: “This increase is mainly accounted for by a marked rise in those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help.”
Some 2,264 personnel have requested treatment, with three-quarters said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – an average of six veterans per day over the last 12 months. Many are also affected by depression and abuse of alcohol and drugs, symptoms associated with the condition.
Jenny also commented: “We have established working partnerships with Liverpool Veterans HQ, who do a fabulous job in supporting all veterans in the community.”
For more information, go to Excel’s website www.excelhousingsolutions.com
You can also support our veterans and their families by donating tinned goods and toys to their ‘Christmas Food & Toy Appeal’. For more information go to www.liverpoolveterans.co.uk