Research - mental health of young ex-services personnel

I would like to contact young EX-military personnel (ideally 25 years old or less - it is very important that they are not still serving) with a view to talking to them and/or their families about any emotional or mental health issues that have affected them either during or since leaving the services, and what kinds of support they have (or have not) been offered.

Even if you have not had problems yourself, I would still be very interested to hear your views on this issue, so if you would like to contribute to this research, please pm me; or if you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass this message on to them or ask them to contact me directly (details on the information sheet ).

The findings of the research will be presented to the funders (the Indigo Trust) and throughout the NHS and services support and welfare community, the intention being to raise awareness of the problems being experienced and highlight areas of good (and less good) practice.

If you would like more information there is a downloadable participant information sheet via this link or just contact me directly.

Thank you very much for your help.

Dan O'Neill

Senior Research Officer / Teaching Fellow
Department of Health and Human Sciences
University of Essex
thanks Karma, but yes, we've already talked to a few people via Combat Stress - and everyone speaks very highly of that organisation.

Any other suggestions for possible routes to make contact gratefully received!
danoneill said:
...and everyone speaks very highly of that organisation.
Inevitably, they take on the rough stuff, given the difficulty in getting anything form the NHS in a reasonable timeframe.

Another option might be The Association of RN Officers, but they're less active in this kind of area AFAIK, and given your upper limit I'd be very surprised if they have much.

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