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Campaigning daily reveals military suicide ‘surge’ on patch

A regional daily has revealed a “surge” in suicidal veterans on its patch as part of a campaign aimed at helping ex-military staff.

Portsmouth daily The News has moved to raise awareness after charity Forgotten Veterans UK, which is based in the city, revealed two people it helps have taken their own lives in the past month.

JPIMedia, publisher of The News, launched its ‘Veterans in Crisis’ campaign in 2018 to highlight the “hidden epidemic” of military suicides.

The following year, the company’s investigations team picked up a Mind Media Award for its work on the campaign.

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The ‘Veterans in Crisis’ logo featured on the front page of The News when it splashed on the story on Monday, pictured above.

The campaign previously called on coroners to record how many military heroes killed themselves every year.

In September, the Government announced it was launching a new method to record veteran suicides in England and Wales, having previously set up the new Office For Veterans’ Affairs.