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The Battle Against Stigma


4 November 2017 14:00 - 15:30


Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX

A British soldier on tour in Afghanistan faces a one-in-four chance of being killed or wounded. In response, almost every combatant will experience psychological problems. The stigma attached to sufferers of war trauma exacerbates the difficulty of readjustment on the return home, sometimes making integration into civilian life impossible. War-photographer Mark Neville who, after being embedded with troops in Helmand, suffered PTSD himself, tells his own story through images, as well as those of the soldiers whose experiences he documented.

In 2011, war photographer Mark Neville, spent three months working on the front line in Helmand, Afghanistan, with 16 Air Assault Brigade as an official war artist. The films and photographs he made there featured in a major solo show at The Imperial War Museum London in the Summer of 2014. More recently his war experience has resulted in The Battle Against Stigma Book Project, a collaboration between the artist and Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, one of the UK’s leading experts in the field of veteran mental health. http://www.markneville.com/