PTSD UK was founded by Jacqui Suttie after her own experiences suffering with PTSD in 2015. The lack of understanding, provisions and information made Jacqui realise that help and education is needed for those struggling with PTSD – along with their friends and family.
PTSD UK is currently the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder for anyone affected. Evidence suggests that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all.
It has been acknowledged that there is a lack of awareness and provision of help, even by David Bennett, director of the UK Trauma Centre, who said: “When someone goes to their GP, their doctor may not actually be aware of PTSD and the fact is that there are very few who are aware of it. The person then faces the danger of being diagnosed with anxiety or depression and being referred for the wrong type of help.
“If it is a case of the doctor actually diagnosing the PTSD, there is still a problem in that there are not enough places offering help.”
According to the latest accurate figures (2002), 73.6% of GP practices have access to a counsellor. However, even for those with access to counsellors there is likely to be a waiting list, which could range from anything as short as two weeks to six months or more. In addition to this, these counsellors will not all specialise in PTSD and the ones that do may not be easily accessible through the NHS, even though in the last few years, the number of NHS doctors offering psychiatric treatment has risen.
Mr Bennett said: “There are very few people trained in this field. Treatment on the NHS is extremely restricted with very long waiting lists and there are very few facilities for patients who are diagnosed with PTSD – very, very few.”
“Another problem is that the treatment that is available may not be provided by people who specialise specifically in PTSD. For example there are people in hypnotherapy who say they can help people to deal with stress, anxiety, trauma, smoking cessation and other problems, but a doctor who has done five years of medical training would not deal with all that. You have got to split these areas up as they are all different issues needing different types of treatment.”
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