Defence Committee

Armed forces and veterans mental health inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published

 

The Committee examined the extent of mental health issues across both serving armed forces personnel and veterans and addressed 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?

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