A heart-breaking film made by military veterans about living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was screened at Bentley Priory Museum earlier this month.
Combat Stress 100, made to mark the centenary of the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, captures the compelling and heartrending stories of military veterans – the comradery of basic training, fighting on the front line, the devastating impact of PTSD and their enduring strength to rebuild their lives.
Working with UK reminiscence charity Age Exchange, the film was made by eight veterans with mental health conditions who were treated by Combat Stress.
They were trained to film and conduct interviews with fellow veterans who have also been supported by the veterans’ mental health charity. In total, more than 70 interviews were recorded across the UK in the summer.
The museum showed the film December 6 and was followed by a Q&A with Age Exchange Artistic Director David Savill and Combat Stress Vice President Robert Bieber.
Sue Freeth, chief executive of Combat Stress, said: “Veterans who courageously shared their story on screen did so in the hope that it will inspire others to follow in their path and seek mental health support.
“These interviews are powerful, emotive and often heart-breaking but together they help to breakdown the barrier to seeking help and increase public understanding of how military service can affect the mental health of servicemen and women.
“Anyone affected by the film can call our 24-hour Helpline 0800 138 1619.”
Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma, director of Bentley Priory Museum, said: “As a Battle of Britain museum, we strive to raise awareness of the bravery of those who served, the sacrifices made, and the often life-changing impact of conflict. Combat Stress’ centenary film will provide an incredible insight into the experiences of veterans across the military services.”