I don't know much, certainly nowhere near enough, about OSIs, PTSD, and so on, but I do know a bit about how the media follows a story
... and why.
I also don't know much about how the CF, and the public healthcare system at large, reacts to and treats OSIs, but I do now a bit about people.
The great thing about "Send up the count" is that it is "one-to-one" or "peer to peer" and it doesn't need any formal organization or money or anything else: just a tiny bit of good will and individual effort.
It is sad to say, but I suspect this story doesn't have "legs," as media people say ... it is here because of a small spate of human tragedies and some reaction to them, including "Send up the count." It also provides a stick
with which the media can prod government ministers in the hopes of provoking a misstatement and "Gotcha!"*
All of us, it's not a strength or weakness issue, can be lonely and that can turn, too easily, into a sense of isolation and that, I guess
, can lead to clinical depression and a whole host of associated risks. The genius of "Send up the count" is that it addresses the root cause: it provides someone to whom a person can talk, privately and confidently, about whatever is bothering them. (As far as I know I don't have any "issues," but I was just at an event with a bunch of fellows of about my age and experience ~ infantry dinosaurs! ~ and I can talk to them in ways that I cannot talk with younger friends, my doctor or even my family.) It's the whole "shared experiences" thing and it works for everyone. We soldiers, have bonds with other soldiers that are incredibly strong, even after years and years, even after decades.
Just because the media attention to OSIs/PTSD etc will wane doesn't mean that we should stop "Sending up the count." Reaching out to old comrades in arms, offering a hand, or just an ear, is always a good thing.