Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (Young People) Course

I have just completed my Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Young People (SMHFA:YP) course. Launched in 2013, SMHFA:YP was developed to meet the increasing demand for a similar type approach for adults who support or care for young people aged between 11 and 17. SMHFA:YP is a three-part, 14-hour blended course which is designed to… Read More

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MHFA England Launches Social Impact Report

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has published its first ever Mental Health Impact Report, sharing 12 years of history, achievements over the year 2018-19, and their plans for the future. The report is a celebration of the whole community’s hard work and passion for improving the nation’s mental health. Some facts from the report:… Read More

UK Military Personnel & Post-Deployment Screening for Mental Disorders

Research Paper Title Post-deployment screening for mental disorders and tailored advice about help-seeking in the UK military: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Background The effectiveness of post-deployment screening for mental disorders has not been assessed in a randomised controlled trial. The researchers aimed to assess whether post-deployment screening for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety,… Read More

Substance Use Disorders & Soldiers

Research Paper Title Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Recently Deployed and Never Deployed Soldiers. Background Military studies investigating the prevalence of substance use (SU) and substance use disorders (SUD) and the relation between SU and mental disorders often lack a comprehensive assessment of SU, SUD and mental disorders and comparable groups of deployed… Read More

Mental Health & UK Infantry Personnel

Research Paper Title Mental Health Among Commando, Airborne and Other UK Infantry Personnel. Background Despite having high levels of combat exposure, commando and airborne forces may be at less risk of mental ill-health than other troops. Aims To examine differences in mental health outcomes and occupational risk factors between Royal Marines Commandos (RMCs), paratroopers (PARAs)… Read More