Defence in the Media: Sunday 25 February 2018

Today’s defence-related news is led by coverage of the Defence Secretary's announcement of the launch of a 24/7 military mental health helpline and an additional £2m a year for the next decade on mental health services.

Mental health helpline

The Sunday Times, The Sun and the Metro report on the launch of the 24/7 helpline aimed to support military personnel suffering from mental health issues. This follows an Op-Ed from the Defence Secretary with the Mail on Sunday announcing the launch and an additional £2m a year in funding for the next decade on mental health services.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Every hour of every day our safety, security and way of life are protected by our courageous Armed Forces personnel. They are always there for us - often risking life and limb and making huge personal sacrifices - and we must be there for them in their own time of need.

Mental illnesses caused by life on the battlefield can have a devastating impact on our brave heroes and their families. It is our moral and professional duty to ensure that we do all we can for our world class troops.

That’s why we have commissioned the new 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline and will spend an extra £2-million a year on mental health services for the next decade on top of the £20-million we already spend each year.

I will personally be working with all the service chiefs to make sure there isn’t a single person in the forces who doesn’t know where to turn in times of trouble.

0800 323 4444 will be targeted at serving personnel and their families – allowing them to access the help, advice and support they need anywhere, anytime.

Op-Ed with the Mail on Sunday


Picture of the day

The Royal Marines proudly marched through the streets of Birmingham with their ‘Drums beating, Colours flying and Bayonets fixed’, after receiving the Freedom of the City from the Lord Mayor.
Large crowds, who had braved the winter’s chill to applaud and cheered the Royal Marines, witnessed an impressive display of military tradition that brought the streets around Victoria Square to a standstill.