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Mental Health And The Forces

Monday, November 10th, 2008 Mental Health And The Forces

According to a BBC article (04 11 08) there are almost 4,000 new cases of mental health problems amongst the British forces. These are very alarming figures.

As indicated by the Ministry Of Defence (MOD) in 2007 there were 3,917 new cases of disorder, amounting to 4.5 per 1,000 forces members.

Notwithstanding , it has also been established that those sent to both Iraq and Afghanistan were far more likely to suffer post traumatic stress. Of more concern is the fact that those who had reported their illness and received treatment were less likely to be deployed again.

Furthermore on the basis of the article, female serving officers have a significant higher rate of mental disorder assessment at 8.2 per 1,000, double that of male personnel at four per 1,000.

Finally, research carried out at King’s College have determined that those undergoing prolonged periods of deployment are more likely to drink too much and suffer stress.

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