There has been coverage of our new six year strategy to improve mental health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
We are pleased there is now a greater understanding of the impact of putting people in harm’s way and making them experience things that most people will never see in their lives. It is so important for us to have the mental health strategy that recognises the sacrifice that individuals have given for the security of our country.
The strategy includes periods of ‘decompression’ for service personnel after combat operations and new learning packages for NHS GPs on veteran health issues.
Issues might not necessarily be there in the first week or two after they’ve come back, they could materialise ten years after they’ve actually left the armed forces, but that is when they need to be aware that there is help and support that can be provided to them.