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?

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