War’s Secret Shame: Shell Shock

An emotional account of the mental-health crisis caused by the First World War, and the long struggle to face the devastating impact suffered by soldiers ever since. In the aftermath of the First World War, soldiers who sacrificed so much were called cowards when they came home. Paralysed by fatigue, anxiety and extreme terrors, they were the victims of shell shock.

This emotional film delves into previously unseen archives to tell their story. Featuring interviews with top specialists, recovering veterans, and the British Ministry of Defence, it’s a moving account of the battle against an insidious killer.

From the doctor who challenged orthodoxy during the Great War, to the campaigners who brought a lawsuit against their government after the first Gulf War, meet the outliers who paved the way for progress.