‘No Such Thing as Mental Health’: UK Cdr Accused of Bullying Colleague With PTSD


Mark Vartan, who reportedly tried to hush up the incident, was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his time as the commanding officer of the HMS Enterprise in 2016.

A UK Royal Navy investigation is under way into allegations against Commander Mark Vartan, who is accused of teasing a colleague suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Militarynews cited an unnamed Navy spokesperson as saying.

The probe comes after one of Vartan’s junior colleagues, whose name and gender weren’t revealed, lodged a service complaint against him, presenting the recording of a one-on-one meeting with Vartan in 2017 as a proof.

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The commander, who was fully aware of the victim’s mental health condition and that the person had been prescribed anti-depressants while also undergoing treatment at the Department Community Mental Health is heard saying that “[…] there’s no such thing as mental health!”

“I come from a medical background and my father was a GP, this didn’t use to be a real thing. People just got on with it. It’s only recently become an excuse people feel they can use. Do you know how much money the Navy are wasting on you?” Vartan, who works as the Chief of Staff for Commodore Simon Huntington, said.

After the fellow naval staffer bursts into tears, apologises and says they did not “mean to be a…

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