Panorama: Broken by Battle

The BBC’s Panorama documentary ‘Broken by Battle’ aired last night, focusing on soldiers’ struggles with post traumatic stress disorder during and after combat, and the tragic suicides that occur as a result.

Broken by Battle

As our troops in Afghanistan prepare to come home, more and more British soldiers are haunted by the trauma of over a decade of war. This Panorama special investigates the true personal cost which, until now, has remained largely hidden. The Ministry of Defence only releases the number of suicides of serving soldiers and does not track what happens to its veterans.

Over the course of a year, reporter Toby Harnden set out to discover how many soldiers, both former and serving, took their own lives in 2012. He talks to families who have lost their sons and ex-soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who are desperately seeking help.

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in the programme, and would like to talk to someone who can offer professional, helpful and understanding advice, please contact us via our post traumatic stress disorder claims page and a member of our team will be happy to help you.