Shell Shock play at NAM to promote Mental Health Awareness Week

 In General

“Shell Shock” is a play that tells one soldier’s story of coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins’ observations on life on civvy street are poignant, frequently funny and often moving.

The play is based upon a novel first published in 2011, by Kosovo and Iraq veteran Neil Watkin (writing as Neil Blower), who was diagnosed with PTSD after leaving the army and encouraged to take up creative writing through the armed forces charity Combat Stress as part of his treatment.

For Mental Health Awareness Week there is a very special performance of Shell Shock taking place at The National Army Museum this week which will feature a Q&A panel discussing some of the wider issues of PTSD and other mental heath subjects.

Both the performance and the panel will be open to all and will be an excellent way to learn more and discuss some of the issues seen in the play and engage with industry professionals about barriers to care, myths associated with mental health and what research and support services are available to serving, reservist, veterans and the wider community. There will also be some organisations in attendance and provides an excellent opportunity to network.

The performance is on Thursday 16th May and doors open at 6pm. To find out more and book tickets visit:

Shell Shock at the NAM
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