There are an estimated 5 million service veterans in the United Kingdom alone. It is estimated that 1 in 1000 veterans are discharged due to mental health issues. Yet, for a variety of reasons, veterans do not come into contact with mental health services for, on average, 14 years.
The government recognises these statistics and many different programmes and services have been rolled out in order to combat it. There is a keen interest in raising the profile of these services so that more veterans are accessing the help they need to overcome their mental health issues. IAPT, specifically, has specialist groups who look at improving the service for veterans. For example, a large number of veterans develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and this can often result in heightened suicide rates.
We employ eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing to treat PTSD, which has very impressive treatment rates.
For further information visit the Combat Stress website or call the Veterans free helpline:
Veterans free helpline: 0808 1914 218