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OUR

SOLUTION

We offer support, education and

advice to Veterans, their families and

the families of those currently serving

who are living with a range of mental

health issues, including depression,

anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress

Disorder (PTSD).

Improved mental health can unlock

barriers to employment, improve

personal relationships and reduce

additional health and welfare risks,

such as social exclusion and isolation.

No Veteran should suffer in silence

with a mental health issue, which is

why we began 2019 by launching our

‘Cut the Clock’ campaign to call for

an end to the stigma that surrounds

asking for help. The campaign also

highlighted the fact that it takes

Service Personnel and Veterans an

average of four years to ask for help

with their mental health issues.

Meanwhile, we continue to deliver our

holistic recovery model, which aims to

support an individual’s psychological

and physical wellbeing through

specialist support, courses, grants,

activities and a Fellowship network

that extends across the UK.

We are also funding research

programmes to improve our long-term

understanding of the challenges that

our wounded, injured and sick face.

One such programme is the ADVANCE

study, a ground-breaking longitudinal

study led by The Defence and National

Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), which

aims to investigate the long-term

medical and psychosocial outcomes

of the most serious battlefield

casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Given the increase in medical

discharge numbers due to poor mental

health, we have also asked MPs on

the Defence Select Committee to look

into the issues around military mental

health and the quality of available

support. Work on this is ongoing and

we continue to lobby the Government

to ensure Veterans receive the

appropriate care, when they need it.