Mental Health and the Armed Forces, Part One: The Scale of mental health issues Contents



1 Introduction

Our inquiry

Our report

2 The effect of military service on mental health

Attribution of mental health conditions to military service

Military service militating against mental health problems

3 The Government’s mental health data and its limitations

Serving personnel


What the trends represent

Data limitations


Recording and Diagnosis

Estimates of those not seeking help

4 Effect of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq

Academic research into the effects of the two operations

Deployment in combat roles

Deployed Reservists

5 Groups that might be more vulnerable to mental health issues

6 Comparison of mental health datasets

Differences between UK Government, academics and charities datasets

Comparisons to the UK general public

International comparisons

Regional data

Serving personnel


7 Public perceptions of mental health in UK Armed Forces

Reasons for the inaccurate public perception

Effects of public perception

8 Impact of military service on Armed Forces families’ mental health

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 25 July 2018