Efficacy of Veteran Charities
One of our key research priorities is:
The efficacy of military and veteran charities to provide effective mental health support.
Much support provided to veterans is done so through the network of services offered by military charities. FiMT’s report, ‘The mental health of serving and ex-Service personnel review’ (2013), pointed toward a large number of organisations providing health and social care to ex-Service personnel, and stressed a need for robust evaluation of the effectiveness of such services (read the report).
There is a pressing need to provide good quality research to inform the ongoing provision of such services to ensure that the mental health services and treatments offered or funded by these organisations are of an appropriate standard, that they are producing or contributing toward the intended results, and that they are not causing unintended harm. Concerns in this area were noted in FiMT’s ‘Call to Mind’ (2015) report, commissioned in collaboration with NHS England and Community Innovations Enterprise, which highlighted that a number of charities may not be providing robust evidence-based support for the mental health-related services they support and/or provide (read the report, see page 40 for relevant quotes). The Mental Health Research Programme is keen to receive applications for research that explores the efficacies of such interventions.