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Road charity launches PTSD counselling service

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Healthcare professionals are being urged to volunteer to provide support for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following the loss of loved ones in road accidents.

Road safety charity Brake is currently recruiting volunteers within the health profession who are able to provide practical and emotional support for families or friends of road-side victims.

The NHS estimates that around 30% of people who experience the sudden death of a close person will develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Volunteers will receive free training on grief, shock and trauma.

Sarah Fatica, head of BrakeCare, the support division of the charity, said: ‘Brake urgently needs volunteers from the health services to help make this vital care service possible. We know that early intervention from a friendly face with access to the right information can really help victims.’

Government figures show there are nine deaths and 82 serious injuries on UK roads every day.
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