Movies and TV series should portray PTSD in a more positive light, says Help for Heroes

Trevor Cowell, 39, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps for almost two decades in the army, said: “All you want is for people to see you in a positive light because you always feel like you represent your cap badge.

“But the negative portrayal encourages you to be even more insular because if that’s what people automatically think about PTSD, then you don’t want to discuss it with people.

“If you say you’ve been in a car accident and you have PTSD, I think people treat you with more sympathy than if you have PTSD because you’re in the forces, and I would like that misconception changes.”

The campaign was backed by actor and documentary presenter Ross Kemp, who said: “[Stereotypes are] have a real negative impact on people who have served their country.

“They’re brave enough to come forward and admit they have a problem, which is often very difficult for people.

“Drama needs drama, obviously, otherwise it’s not interesting.

“But there seems to be an ongoing representation of service staff having mental health issues that often lead to negative outcomes.”

Falklands War Veterans

Although attitudes toward psychological trauma and veterans services have improved, problems remain.

Earlier this year, Help for Heroes said many Falklands War veterans with PTSD had yet to seek help.

Mike Carr, a veteran of the Parachute Regiment, told the Telegraph at the time that being well was “just a mask. They need to talk, but that’s not what we did when we were younger, that wasn’t our way.

“Now it’s still not brilliant, but we’ve improved. We [Falklands veterans] got nothing.