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Forces in Mind Trust’s response to new Government plan for veterans’ mental health service

Today Johnny Mercer, the Minister for Veterans, has announced additional mental health support for vulnerable veterans.  In response, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive at the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), the leading research and policy grant-making charity working in the armed forces community, said:

“We welcome the Minister’s announcement to bring forward plans to provide mental health support for those veterans who are most vulnerable.  All suicides are personal tragedies, and everything should be done to prevent them.  While the majority of those leaving the Armed Forces do so and lead successful civilian lives, it is vital that we prioritise help for those who need it most.

“The provision of that support must be based on evidence, and an understanding of the challenges some individuals face, as well as the efficacy of the treatment available.  We know from our research that there are many factors to consider, including service, but also issues that pre-date enlistment.

“We also know there are barriers to seeking support.  More should be done to educate members of the Armed Forces, and also to improve awareness among health professionals of the specific needs of veterans.”

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