The number of service personnel diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder rose by a fifth last year according to Ministry of Defence figures, while there was also a 12 per cent increase in the rate of mental disorders as a whole, including depression and anxiety. However it is believed this figure is actually much higher, with many current service men and women and former members of the armed forces suffering in silence.
One former Royal Marine that has been diagnosed with PTSD is Steve Grenham; one half of the Cockleshell Endeavour team. Steve has finally come to terms with the fact that over a number of years he has increasingly been affected by the symptoms of PTSD, a situation he feels may be relate back to his experiences both in the Falkland war and tours of Northern Ireland.
Steve is currently undergoing full diagnosis and treatment for this condition but both he and Mick feel more research into the condition is required and more support is needed for both serving and former armed forces personnel.
The Cockleshell Endeavour team hope to raise £100,000 for number of charities associated with the care of those affected by PTSD. The Endeavour has previously raised funds for Care After Combat and the Falkland Veterans Foundation, and is now fundraising for The Royal Marine Charity
The RMCTF is the overarching Royal Marines charity and money raised can be used for very wide purposes, probably the widest of any service charity. It aims to provide a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families.
To support the Cockleshell Endeavour and donate to The Royal Marine Charity, please visit the Cockleshell Endeavour Just Giving Page or TEXT CSEN51 plus the amount to 70070. For example, to donate £25, text CSEN51 £25 to 70070.