Former services personnel asked to help shape NHS mental health services

February 28 2016

MILITARY veterans in South Gloucestershire and across the West are being asked to share their experiences of mental health services to help improve the way the NHS uncovers and treats problems.

MILITARY veterans in South Gloucestershire and across the West are being asked to share their experiences of mental health services to help improve the way the NHS uncovers and treats problems.
Issues such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder can be common among ex-forces personnel.
But they continue to have a stigma attached, meaning some veterans don’t access the NHS treatment they need in civilian life.
To raise awareness and improve the dedicated care available in the area, local armed forces veterans and their families are being asked to complete an online survey, which can be accessed through www.swveterans.org.uk until 5pm on March 31.
Dr Jonathan Leach, of NHS England, said: “On leaving the armed forces, most people successfully transition back into civilian life.
“But some individuals can experience very traumatic situations while serving in the military before facing the additional challenges of moving back into civilian life, all of which can take a severe toll.”