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Mental Health Disorders Surge Among British Troops

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Mental health disorders among British armed forces have increased by about 80% since 2007 according to a recent study

The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) surveyed its personnel between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2016.

The Combat Stress charity has also reported an increase in the number of ex-military personnel needing treatment and says UK must prepare for  an escalation.

Press TV reports:

The study said the rate of conditions diagnosed by the MoD’s mental health services has increased from 1.8% of all personnel in 2007/08 to 3.2% in 2015/16.

The highest rate of mental health issues refers to the age group of 35-39, with 37.7 per thousand diagnosed as having a mental disorder in 2015/16, which is a 140% increase, the study also said.

Female personnel have been assessed as having disorders twice as often as men. Some 6.3% of female forces diagnosed compared to 2.8% of male personnel, it noted.

The MoD survey showed the rate of those with neurotic disorders is 20.6 per thousand, or 3,357 people, in 2015/16. It is the most common mental problem among armed personnel.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is reportedly the second most common among the armed forces with 326 people, or a rate of two per thousand. The rate of psychoactive substance use disorders is 1.6 per thousand.

The highest rate of disorders belongs to the UK Army with 10.8 per thousand, followed by the RAF with 10.4, the Royal Navy with 9.0 and the Royal Marines with 4.9.

Sue Freeth, the chief executive of Combat Stress charity organization, said the study showed British forces were continuing to seek help for mental health issues “as awareness and understanding increases.”

“The demand for our services has grown by nearly a third in the last year due to a significant increase in the number of veterans of recent conflicts seeking our help,” she said.

“We expect referrals to continue to rise over the next ten years as we deal with the legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan, and are therefore developing our services to ensure we can support all who need us,” she added.

  • Mira

    I’m not surprised…, they are ordered to go and kill civilians, women and children. The wars they fight are DIRTY WARS for the very rich elite. These wars are no longer wars for honour and country. Maybe it’s a good sign, that they still have a conscience, and are not just soldier robots (but that too will come …apparently).

  • http://jamessssmith.com/2015/04/04/john-woodman-an-epilogue/ James Smith

    Yes, it must be very stressful knowing your commanders are a bunch of war criminals? Any court on this planet that could’ve filed a writ for criminal charges are in fact the war criminals themselves. So don’t expect any relief
    from war criminals? The truth about our communist controlled world… https://jamessssmith.com/2015/