The Defense Headquarters has announced the establishment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centres for troops serving in various areas of operation. These centres aim to support the mental health of soldiers involved in the fight against insecurity. The goal is to complement existing efforts made by different military services to address PTSD cases.
Maj. Gen. Buba Edward, the Director of Defense Media Operations, confirmed the existence of these PTSD centres. He mentioned that the military has taken steps to address mental health issues resulting from troops’ exposure to the ongoing insurgency.
There has been a concerning increase in incidents involving soldiers taking their own lives, which are often linked to PTSD. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can manifest in individuals who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events.
Recent incidents, such as the one involving CPL James Kingsley in Sokoto, highlight the urgent need for mental health support. It is crucial for the military to prioritize the well-being and mental health of its personnel to prevent further tragic events.
The establishment of PTSD centres demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing the mental health challenges faced by frontline soldiers. This initiative is crucial for providing the necessary support and care for those who bravely serve in high-stress and traumatic environments.