Ministry of Defence
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Fighting mental health issues in the military
To mark the Army's mental health campaign 'Don't Bottle It Up' and today's World Mental Health Day, a senior non-commissioned officer reveals her battle with depression and the support that helped her recovery. Report by Lorraine McBride.
Fearless and chatty, Staff Sergeant Vicky Charnock brims with confidence, but it wasn't always that way. In 2009, she was diagnosed with depression:
"I didn't really notice the signs and symptoms for what they were," she admits.
"I had been physically ill and had been having problems - I hadn't been sleeping well and was in the grip of low mood, low appetite and tearfulness - but I didn't recognise it for what it was."