Ross Kemp urges armed forces veterans struggling with mental health to seek help

Ross Kemp has urged all armed forces veterans struggling with mental health problems to seek help.

The former EastEnders star spoke out after the suicide of a Royal Marine veteran who appeared in the Sky One documentary Ross Kemp In Afghanistan.

Ex-commando Ash Nickless, who helped train Ross during his preparation for the show, killed himself last month after battling against PTSD for years.

The dad of one had been wounded by a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan.

He was said to suffer from survivor’s guilt following the death of several friends.

After learning of the former Marine’s tragic end last week, Ross, 55, said: “I had the honour of meeting Ash in Afghanistan. He was a fine Royal Marine and a fine man.

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“My thoughts are with his family and friends.

“More needs to be done to help ex-service people with mental health issues, particularly those with PTSD.

“If you’re suffering, or if someone you know is suffering, please reach out to charities like Combat Stress who are doing brilliant work.” The two met in 2009 when Ross was embedded with 45 Commando in Helmand, southern Afghanistan.

The death of Ash, 31, who served in the Royal Marines for 12 years, brings the number of current and former servicemen and women believed to have taken their lives this year to 67.

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