Soldier, Formerly in Northern Ireland, With Diagnosis of PTSD Kills Himself

Paragraph 13 reads:  "He was prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy and was also taking anti-depressants and drugs to control his spasms."

Paragraph 4 reads:  "At his inquest, coroner Alan Crickmore heard that Mr Green had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 1994 and suffered from anxiety and depression for a long period."

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Soldier's suicide was MoD's fault – sister

THE sister of a former soldier who killed himself has accused the Ministry of Defence of failing to look after him.

Ian Green, who served in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, was found dead at his home in Lipsom Road, Cheltenham, on July 25 last year.

The 43-year-old, who had also worked as a prison officer, had taken a fatal dose of the prescription painkiller pethadine.

At his inquest, coroner Alan Crickmore heard that Mr Green had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 1994 and suffered from anxiety and depression for a long period.

A note had been found by him which mentioned an argument he had with his partner Michelle Ingles the night before his death.

After the inquest, Mr Green's sister Tracy Morgan said she believed his post-traumatic stress disorder from his 10 years in the Army was the real cause. And she said the Ministry of Defence had not supported him after he left the service.

She said: "He bought himself out a year before his 10 years were up because he couldn't stand it any more.

"He had seen his best friend hauled out of a vehicle by a mob and beaten to death.

"The MoD has a huge amount to answer for. He spent the last 20 years pushing his family away. It is so sad that his father, who had not seen him for 20 years, had to say goodbye to him in the morgue."

Mr Green left his job as a prison officer in Reading after he suffered back pain from an incident in 2007.

His partner Michelle said he had spasms from the pain and would suffer violent shakes.

These occurred twice on a good day and five times on a bad day. Mr Green eventually lost his job because he was unfit to work.

He was prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy and was also taking anti-depressants and drugs to control his spasms.

Doctors felt the severity of his pain was genuine and was affected by stress, his anxiety and depression.

Expert psychiatric witness, Dr Lawrence Mynors-Wallis, said the treatment Mr Green was given had been entirely appropriate.

"There is a close link between pain and depression and this can cause a vicious circle with both getting worse," he said.

Mr Crickmore said Mr Green had had a bad experience as a soldier in Northern Ireland and had subsequently been assaulted while working as a security officer, both of which had a psychological effect on him.

Miss Ingles had tolerated his symptoms and helped him he said, but on the night before his death she snapped and they had their first-ever row, the inquest heard.

Recording a verdict of suicide, Mr Crickmore said: "The note shows an intention to take his own life and I am sure that he did."

The MoD issued a statement following the hearing.

Spokesman Darragh McElroy said: "For veterans, the MoD works with the NHS and Combat Stress to make sure GPs tell veterans about the support available and to ensure that the NHS understands the culture of the military.

"There are community mental health pilots for veterans at six NHS trusts across the country.

"These arrangements aim to make it easier for veterans to seek help and are advertised in a number of ways, including through GPs and the local British Legion."

"The MoD is determined to ensure our Armed Forces receive the best mental health care available and we are constantly looking to improve the services they receive.

"We have recently announced plans to improve outreach work and access to mental health services for veterans, including the introduction of 30 mental health nurses and a 24-hour counselling and support helpline."