The UKs Defence People Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

The health (physical and mental) and wider well-being of Service personnel people contributes directly to operational capability and, as such, is a high priority. The Chief of Defence People seeks to create the conditions for Service personnel to enjoy a level of health and well-being that maximises the capacity of people for work and this applies… Read More

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Women, Mental Health, & the Military

“Before the military operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom [OEF]) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom [OIF]), reproductive and gynecological issues dominated the medical concerns of most women in uniform. What was important to female soldiers was how to juggle family and career, with the occasional deployment to Korea, Somalia, or Kosovo, for a period of 6 to 12 months.… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), the focus is on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle… Read More

Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider

The Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) course teaches in depth skills for providing first aid to people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis. The Armed Forces MHFA course is delivered by MHFA England, a community interest company working to increase mental health awareness and skills across… Read More

Outlining Stress in British Army Personnel in the 1990s

Research Paper Title Stress in British Army Personnel. Abstract There is considerable research to date in the field of stress, particularly with respect to questionnaire research. There is, however, a lack of recent research on stress in the British Army which addresses either traumatic or organisational stress. This study considers soldiers’ experiences of both occupational and traumatic stress,… Read More

US Air Force Nursing Personnel & Barriers to Mental Healthcare

Research Paper Title Resilience, Stress, Stigma, and Barriers to Mental Healthcare in U.S. Air Force Nursing Personnel. Background Stigma may deter military service members from seeking mental health (MH) services. Previously, substantial proportions of U.S. Air Force (USAF) registered nurses and medical technicians reported concerns about stigma with accessing MH services; in particular, that unit… Read More

What do we know about Women Service Members, Veterans & their Families?

Research Paper Title Women service members, veterans, and their families: What we know now. Background The purpose of this paper is to highlight what we know now about female service members, veterans, and their families. The experiences of U.S. female service members and veterans are more complex than previous eras and significant demographic changes have… Read More