Coroner criticises Army over support for soldiers after traumatised Corporal took his own life

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Mr Johnston’s mother Viv Johnston fought back tears as Mr Healey-Pratt said he would be writing to Mr Williamson to pressure them to make changes.

Representing the Ministry of Defence, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Rotchell admitted the military must do more to help those suffering mental health issues.

He said: “I joined the military in 1997 and the changes have been staggering from where we were then to where we are now.

“But there’s still a huge amount of work to do surrounding the taboos of coming forward [for help].”

Reaching a conclusion of suicide, coroner Mr Healey-Pratt said the support for Mr Johnston ‘wasn’t adequate’ and said, despite attitude changes at the MOD, more must be done to help veterans.

He said: “If a special forces operative has sleeping problems, potentially due to combat tour in Afghanistan, they should feel safe and entitled to seek proper assistance without fear of jeopardising their military career.

“Danny had been an effective and highly-valued member of his special forces unit the SSR. He served his Queen, he served his country, he served his regiment.”

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