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Remember, remember our veterans on the fifth of November

With firework season drawing near, many veterans who suffer with PTSD will be preparing for a difficult time of year.

While fireworks and bonfires are used to celebrate Guy Fawkes and Diwali, for some, the loud bangs and smells can trigger symptoms of post-traumatic stress. WWTW Clinical Lead, Carolyn has put together some tips to help you cope with the sights, sounds and smells associated with Bonfire Night:


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.  For some veterans, the smells, sights and sounds of Bonfire night are all too similar to those experienced in combat.

Alongside the tips from Carolyn, we've put together some additional tips to help veterans cope with Bonfire night:

1. Plan Ahead: Knowing when and where displays are planned in your local area can help you decide whether you wish to go out or stay at home.

2. Rally the Troops: Having friends and family around you for support can really help.  Engaging in a discussion or activity can distract from the external stimuli.

3. Create your own noise: Use music or running water in the shower to drown out the sound.


What can the public do to help?

Consider attending an arranged display or try finding alternative ways to celebrate.  If you are planning to use fireworks at home, speak to your neighbours first.  Knowing when the fireworks will happen can help someone prepare.

If you're struggling and need someone to talk to, you can call: 

  • Head Start: 01263 863 906
  • Combat Stress: 0800 138 1619
  • Samaritans: 08457 909 090
  • Or text Contact, a 24/7 crisis text service: 85258