Mental Health

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, JULY-NOVEMBER 1916 (Q 79508) – ‘Shell-Shocked’ British Soldier Copyright: © IWM.

This Group is to honour those who suffered from Mental Health problems either during or after the Great War. Many were to be classified as ‘Insane’ and some suffered from Neurasthenia, commonly known at the time as Shell-Shock. It also remembers the tormented people who made the decision to take their own lives. It includes some of those who committed suicide while in service, or who did so later due to a war-related reason or illness. The community also includes some of those who attempted suicide. (These people often then found themselves in court, or facing a court martial, because suicide was illegal.)

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