Mental Health and Wellbeing

Armed Forces v Wider Population

Most British military personnel do not experience mental health problems while they are in service or when they transition into civilian life. Rates of mental illness amongst UK ex-Service personnel are generally lower than that of the wider population: one in five compared to one in four in the general population.

The Veterans Transition Review by Lord Ashcroft
The Veterans Transition Review.pdf
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What is mental health, mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. 

Armed forces and mental health. Most British military personnel do not experience mental health problems while they are in service, or afterwards in civilian life.

However they face unique risks in service and, if they do experience mental health problems, they may require particular treatments and particular mental health services.

The mental health problems experienced by military personnel are the same as the general population, although experiences during service and the transition to civilian life mean that their mental ill health may be triggered by different factors. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and substance abuse affect a significant minority of service personnel and veterans.

Skill Horizons Community Survey 2021: Veterans
Aimed at veterans during the pandemic

Veterans’ mental health problems may be made worse or caused by post-service factors, such as the difficulty in making the transition to civilian life, marital problems, and loss of family and social support networks. This has been made worst by the pandemic and having more time to think and feel motions that were once caned.
ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY 2021 survey.pdf
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NHS Covid updates for Armed Forces

Service Personnel get all their primary health care through the armed forces, almost everything else is provided by the NHS!  Attached is a useful update summarising the care provided for the serving and veteran community.  The NHS also provide regular COVID briefings for the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Network

The purpose of the Armed Forces Network. The network aims to: provide a space for all NHSBSA colleagues and allies to come together as a support network for one another; be a 'critical friend' of the NHSBSA, to help identify issues and barriers in relation to NHSBSA policies, procedures, and practices

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