United Kingdom (Sputnik) – Screening soldiers returning from war zones for mental health issues – such as depression, excessive alcohol consumption or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – is ineffective and may even exacerbate the situation, according to new research.
Mental health patients wait four years for counselling despite rules saying they must be helped in weeks
Probe finds NHS waiting list for help with conditions such as PTSD is up to 11 times longer than recommended
Getty A man talking with therapist in therapyPeople seeking counselling for conditions such as depression are facing unacceptably long waits Patients wait up to four years for NHS counselling on mental health issues – despite rules saying they should be seen in weeks. A Sunday Mirror probe found the current waiting list for “talking […]
Iraq war inquiry exposes how MoD and ministers ignored strict controls on frequency of operational tours of duty
A British Royal Marine fires a missile at an Iraqi position on the al-Faw peninsula in 2003. Photograph: Jon Mills/AP The government risked the mental health of thousands of troops by breaching strict guidelines designed to protect military personnel from excessive deployment and overstretch, the Chilcot report reveals. As families of those who […]
It dawned on me that I had forgotten ‘Get-Well-Soon’ cards existed, indeed the idea of ‘getting well’ eerily perplexed me. The concept of recovery is cataclysmically different in mental health, as there seems to be no tangible end point.
Veterans’ mental health: Referrals rise by 26%
Mental health referrals for ex-servicemen and women have increased by 26% in the last year, says a specialist mental health charity for veterans.
Combat Stress said referrals for ill mental health or post-traumatic stress disorder rose from 1,802 to 2,264.
It said an increase in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help was the main reason for the rise.