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Tomshardware 7:48 Mon Jan 13
Been through bad time lately with suffering with this. Dark thoughts as well. I know some posters on here suffer with this. Anyone come through the other side of this shit?

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Manuel 3:55 Tue Feb 18
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I'm sorry, but topping yourself because you spend less time with your kids makes no sense whatsoever. So now he will never see them at all, miss seeing them grow up, and has left 2 kids without a father in this world. Must have been more to it than that.

Peckham 3:20 Tue Feb 18
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This poem was written for soldiers. But it can resonate with anybody who has to put on a mask and hide their pain and continue as if nothing is up. It's called the Mask.
" Get a grip, I'm expected to succeed, face fear, be strong and take the lead, not resilitate in thoughts or deed.
My mask must never slip.
Man up and keep my thoughts inside.
No one can know how much I cried,
When the bloodshed came and the fear arrived.
My mask must never slip.
Crack on there's no time to reflect or admit I did genuflect and prayed to god, for me to protect.
My mask must never slip.
Chin up! Worry not about how I feel, never let them know just how surreal it was. Dark thoughts I can't reveal.
My mask must never slip.

Peckham 3:14 Tue Feb 18
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Just to add to my earlier post.
I met this lads parents.
He was part of a team protecting Harry.


The Government as usual has done too little too late. There NHS for veterans service is beyond good but its only been recently invested in.

Otherwise it's only Charities that support Veterans and those unwell.

Can't underestimate how good the Royal British Legion is for support and care for former Soldiers.
But there are loads of good selfless charities running on tight budgets doing loads too.

PTSD from military service is the modern day Shell Shock in some way.

Sorry to bore all.

Nurse Ratched 12:19 Tue Feb 18
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Thanks, Zeb, but I think I'll give the poem a miss 😕

zebthecat 12:04 Tue Feb 18
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Sorry for the garbled bollocks too Nurse.

zebthecat 12:03 Tue Feb 18
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Nurse Ratched 7:50 Mon Feb 17

It is horrible.
I am so glad I decided not to go into the Army and was a fair way to getting there (provisional place at Sandhurst). Mind you at the time there wasn't a great deal on at the time but could have ended up in Bosnia or Iraq.
I don't want to scare you but there is a fantastic performance poem called pink mist that was written as a response the soldiers experience in Afghanistan drawn from their own experience.
Absolutely harrowing.

Mike Oxsaw 8:14 Mon Feb 17
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As a nation, we don't really treat our ex-servicemen with the respect they deserve. Sadly it's just another facet of our authorities not seeming to want to grasp the whole mental issue area.

I strongly suspect that the main reason for continually ignoring it is because the cost of treatment is now likely to be many times what has been saved by brushing it under the carpet and pretending it is not a problem.

Continued public suffering is a price they're quite prepared to pay for not having a big bill turn up on their watch.

Nurse Ratched 7:50 Mon Feb 17
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All this talk of ex forces lads becoming depressed and suicidal makes me fear for my son's future. Horrible reading all that.

Peckham 6:53 Mon Feb 17
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Thanks Zeb.
Googled it. 5/5 majority of reviews.
Gonna give it a read.

Peckham 6:49 Mon Feb 17
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Cut and Paste. This was from a real close Army mate , had two kids but a break up and losing access to kids fucked him up. He was a Sergeant tough as nails.
"A dark period. I stabbed myself in the leg with a big fuck off kitchen knife once, I used broken glass to cut my wrist, then run off and hid in the bushes and hoped I'd bleed to death. But, as with the OD, it was all just crying out for help, but I know exactly how it becomes all consuming, and it seems there's no way it's ever going to end. Before I'd suffered, I'd heard people talk about depression, and think "man the fuck up u cunt" but now I know, I've nothing but understanding and I suppose for want of a better word, sympathy. I look back at it all and wonder how I pulled thru, but I did. You can too. The only thing is what worked for me may not be for you, you need to work that out for yourself?"

Message was 2 years ago when I was bad in Madrid and needed to visit my Mum and Who stepped in.

He took his life last year.
Just re reading our correspondence.
The man had served everywhere many times.
His old man was the SAS fella who caught fire on the embassy siege in London years ago.

Left 2 kids.

Just wanted , as I've witnessed here that even the toughest nuts get lost or fall off the rails and not always drug related or booze. He was clean SAS fit fella. Simply breakdown of a relationship and less time with his kids.

zebthecat 12:12 Sun Feb 16
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Thanks Ridik

Sometimes you think that a rant will help and be cathartic.
It doesn't and it isn't of course.
Hiding is better.

Ridikzappa 1:26 Sat Feb 15
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This explains so much about you and your posts

God bless you.

zebthecat 11:16 Thu Feb 13
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I'd recommend reading Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig.
So much of it was common to my experience it was ridiculous.
Fantastic book.

Westham67 10:03 Wed Feb 12
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Desperate times Tom ag ag ag

Tomshardware 9:30 Wed Feb 12
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I stupidly cut and pasted that link. 😆 Good post peckham, agree about getting other people's stories. Knowing you're not alone is a help.

Westham67 5:36 Wed Feb 12
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Sorry for the anti climax Riddle I will try not get you hopes up next time

J.Riddle 1:21 Wed Feb 12
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67, thx but I can't get anything on that link?

*puts away Kleenex*

Peckham 10:03 Tue Feb 11
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Depression is one big cunt that at times it unexplainable to others who see someone articulating themselves ok and on the surface looking fine.
That is why this thread has been good, to be able to relate to others, see how others perceive it, advice from those who have experience of helping others, and for those who have shared their dark moments of family who have took their lives. Its drumming it into my head the heartache I would cause my family if push came to shove.
A thread with empathy and constructive opinions. FMOB

Hammers United despite the downers in life chucked at us.

Westham67 7:43 Tue Feb 11
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J.Riddle 7:20 Tue Feb 11


J.Riddle 7:20 Tue Feb 11
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Some old lady was lost in Portsmouth. Link please.

Block 6:36 Mon Feb 10
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Most of the depressed people I know are pretty resentful and cynical

All of 2 people, Bruno son?

Don't really understand what people have to be cynical or resentful for? I resented myself for a while which I've managed to put to bed.

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