Viewers were pleased to see SAS Who Dares Wins highlighting men’s mental health issues

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It’s no secret that Channel 4′s SAS Who Dares Wins is a brutal test of the physical and mental strength of its contestants, but the second episode of series two seemed particularly tough.

Chief instructor Ant and his team put the remaining 17 recruits to the test to see how well they can control their aggression, pitting them against one another in a bout of sparring and a game of murderball.

The tasks revealed some psychological issues that some recruits have been battling, including number 10, otherwise known as 26-year-old Stephen, who spoke about his problems with addiction and drinking which caused him to be discharged from the Army. The staff seemed sympathetic to his issues.

Viewers were pleased that men’s mental health was being discussed so openly and honestly.

That honesty prompted a couple of members of staff to talk about their own mental health and suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

It was a comfort for viewers to see mental health being valued so highly, even in such a macho environment.