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How can the NHS better serve army veterans?


What do you think? How can the NHS better serve army veterans?

With the news that UK soldier and veteran suicides outnumber deaths while serving in Afghanistan, it appears that not enough psychological care is offered to troops when they return home. Arguably, the responsiblity for this care lies with the army, but rightly or wrongly many of those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will end up in NHS care.

What do you think?

  • Is the NHS equipped to deal with PTSD?
  • What strategies would you suggest for ensuring all veterans get the care they need?
  • Are mental health wards appropriate environments for those suffering from mood disorders?
  • What’s been your experience of working with armed forces and post-traumatic stress?

Let us know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions in the comments section below.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I actually think mental health wards are inappropriate for anyone with depression -I can't think of a worse place to be when you're already feeling like that. The only advantage is that the ward keeps the patient safe when they are at their most vulnerable but offer little in way of treatment, other than medication of course.

    Perhaps the way we treat depression in general needs to be rethought?

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  • "The MoD said that rates of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the serving military were lower than comparative rates in the civilian population."

    so the most obvious answer to the question "Is the NHS equipped to deal with PTSD?" must be blatently not, if the military are dealing with it better. lessons need to be learned by the nhs from the military as to how to reduce ptsd and suicide in the general (comparative) population.

    though i'd be interested to know what they mean by "comparative."

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