Trim 4 Veterans
TRIM 4 VETERANS uses the principles of Trauma Risk Management, introduced over sixteen years ago as a form of specialist ‘in house’ support for Royal Marine veterans suffering with mental illness, often as a result of active service in areas of conflict. The trained TRiM Practitioners, provide support and advice in person and over the phone, offering a liaison service between the individual and mental health services.
This over-arching support offers peer-to-peer guidance from other Royal Marines, many of whom have experienced conflict for themselves and can relate to those requiring this unique service. The project is conducted by a structured management team and 60 TRiM Practitioners signposting Veterans to psychotherapy and specialist outreach. Whilst the Practitioners are predominantly drawn from the Royal Marines Association the project and its policies are aimed at benefiting veterans across the whole of the Naval Service.
TRiM was introduced into the Royal Marines by Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Neil Greenberg and former Royal Marine, Major Cameron March in 1996. It was introduced ‘in-house’ following and individuals’ involvement in a traumatic incident and named ‘Trauma Risk Management’ or ‘TRiM’.
It provided targeted recognition of physiological need with the delivery of the TRiM intervention provided by trained peers serving within the same Commando Unit, Ship, Squadron or military formation. The success of this method saw TRiM subsequently adopted by the other Single Services and many UK governmental agencies.
Since its original formation, there has been an increasing need for support for late onset mental trauma following time in service, and so TRiM was modified to a bespoke service and is now available to Naval Service Veterans for the first time.