Research has shown that in a three month period, 821 new cases of mental disorder were documented across the armed forces. This is a huge increase on the 476 from the previous quarter.
Of the new cases there were 142 women, representing a rate of 7.6 in 1,000 with mental health problems and 659 men were diagnosed ,representing a rate of 3.6 in 1,000. It is thought that the high percentage of women coming forward is due to their willingness to talk about their issues.
Combat stress is a leading charity that was set up to help veterans with mental health problems. According to research conducted by the charity it takes servicemen and women an average of 14 years to seek help for mental disorders, indicating that there are currently hundreds of military personnel affected that haven’t yet sought help.
The MoD believes a huge amount of progress has been made in treating mental health issues. More work needs to be done to reduce the stigma attached to seeking help and steps have already been made in the right direction by setting up a new scheme which teaches troops to detect signs of distress in their colleagues.