Monday, September 8, 2014

British soldiers with PTSD turning to Whisper

Soldiers turn to anonymous app to share PTSD struggles
Channel 4 News
September 8, 2014

Dozens of members and veterans of the British armed forces are turning to new anonymous apps to share their struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, Channel 4 News has found.

Dozens of British soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder are using the Whisper app, which allows people to post anonymous messages and pictures, Channel 4 News has found.

Whisper functions like an anonymous social network and it is being used by current and former members of the forces to post messages such as: "I saw my best mate blown up by an IED... Then my girlfriend says my PTSD is in my head."

The charity Combat Stress has told Channel 4 News that it is now considering a more pro-active approach to reach out to the members of the armed forces and veterans who post to apps like Whisper.

One serving member who posted a message about PTSD to the app told Channel 4 News: "I feel I should not go looking for sympathy, nor sharing my stories. I find it hard talking about it and wish not to make it worse."
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