Dorset Soldier Fighting for Change
10:13am 11th September 2013
Bovington has the first military Medical Centre in the country to sign a pledge to tackle the stigmas and discrimination associated with mental health.
Matron Vanessa Crossey signed up on its behalf as part of the 'Time For Change' initiative, and hopes her NHS colleagues at other medical centres, both military and civilian, will follow suit.
Other organisations that have pledged include BT, EON, the Premier League, Channel 4, the Church of England, Comic Relief, Universities, the National Union of Students, local authorities and NHS Trusts.
Major Crossey has already been working closely in the community to help set up support services and groups for soldiers and their families.
Crossey told Wessex FM these are issues to be taken seriously:
"It's something I've became interested in a few years a go at the unit. So I started working closely with the chain of command to try and improve things here for both the soldiers and the families."