Defence Committee

Armed forces and veterans mental health inquiry

Inquiry status: open

The deadline for written submissions was Tuesday 6 March 2018. If you would like to send a submission, please contact Committee staff.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee will examine the extent of mental health issues across both serving armed forces personnel and veterans and address the following questions:

  • To what extent do current statistics accurately reflect the level of mental health issues in serving armed forces personnel and veterans, including PTSD?
  • What are the challenges to accurately assessing the extent of mental health issues in serving armed forces personnel and veterans and how could government improve its understanding of those issues?
  • How does the level of mental health issues, services and outcomes in serving armed forces personnel and veterans:
    - compare both to the actual level in the general population and to public perceptions of mental health issues in armed forces personnel and veterans?
    - vary between different groups of serving and former personnel, including reservists, those who have been deployed on operations and early leavers?
    - vary regionally across the UK and across the devolved administrations?
  • What proportion of mental health issues in veterans is attributable to service in the Armed Forces and how well is this measured and understood?
  • To what extent does the military environment for serving armed forces personnel mitigate against the development of mental health issues?

Latest evidence

  • 24 Apr 2018 - Armed forces and veterans mental health - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF339 KB) HC 813 | Published 21 May 2018

    Evidence given by Professor Cherie Armour, Associate Dean (Research and Impact), Ulster University, Dr Beverly Bergman, University of Glasgow, Dr Lucy Abraham, Clinical Psychologist, Veterans First Point Scotland, Dr Neil Kitchiner, Director and Consultant Clinical lead, Veterans NHS WalesDr Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services, Combat Stress, Rod Eldridge, Clinical lead, Walking with the Wounded, Karen Mead, Head of Psychological Wellbeing, Help for Heroes

Next meeting(s)

26 June 2018 11:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Armed forces and veterans mental health
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Witness(es)

Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans
Lieutenant General Martin Bricknell, Surgeon General, Ministry of Defence
Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities
Kate Davies, OBE, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England

Location

Room 18, Palace of Westminster

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