UK Charities Overwhelmed by Veteran Suicide Crisis

Veterans in the UK are suffering. With limited options for help, too many are turning to suicide. That is why REBOOT Combat Recovery is launching this week in England– so that these heroes can find hope and healing.

by Jenny Owens 

“We cannot cope with all the numbers of people coming forward. It’s not possible”

Sound familiar? This statement was made by Dr. Walter Busuttil, Chief Medical Officer for Combat Stress, the United Kingdom’s primary mental health non-profit serving veterans. Indeed, the invisible wounds of war do not discriminate, and our brothers and sisters in the UK are suffering just as so many in the United States.

The mental health crisis among combat veterans is so alarming that the UK is making efforts to finally start tracking veteran suicides—something that had not been done until recently. Current estimates put the number of veteran suicides at 58 in the last year. View full BBC article here.

While the situation in the UK may be dark, hope is rising. The REBOOT Recovery offers free, peer-led trauma healing courses for veterans and their families. Our courses aim to address the moral and spiritual wounds associated with service-related trauma. After seeing tremendous growth in the US since 2011, we are thrilled to launch our first REBOOT Combat Recovery course in the UK as we aim to bring hope and healing to all those who have served, no matter where they come from.

For more information about our courses in the UK, the US, and around the world, please visit

JENNY OWENS is the Co-Founder and Director of Outcomes for REBOOT Recovery.

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