Remember on VE Day and Beyond
Today, 8 March 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 in Europe.
We remember all those who sacrificed not only their lives, but their mental health during & after the war, as they carried out their duties to protect the freedom of citizens .
*WW2 is reported to be the deadliest military conflict, with approximately 3% of the world population in 1940 losing their lives. This equates to between 70-85 million people in total dying during the war.*
*There were around 5 million deaths alone of prisoners in war, up to 25 million military deaths, and circa 55 million civilian deaths across all countries and territories . Figures vary and complete accuracy is not implied.
- *Source: Wikipedia
Suicide continues to be a huge concern amongst military personnel – ‘For the 20-year period 1999-2018, 310 suicides occurred among UK regular Armed Forces personnel: 292 among males, and 18 among females’ * Source: Ministry of Defence . The full MOD document is at the end of this post. (Copyright MOD/ONS)
If you are a previous or current member of the armed forces and need to talk, then please get in touch with us. We are here to listen if, and when, you need us. Alternatively, call the Samaritans on 116123 or contact other service personnel specific charities such as Combat Stress for help and support.
Our thanks and gratitude are with you all.