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Anglia Ruskin degree course to help military veterans

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

A soldier turned psychologist is launching a new degree course at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex.

The Masters degree in military and veteran mental health is the first of its kind in the UK.

It will offer specialised education and training for people working with military veterans, either in charities or the health service.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, who served in Germany and Northern Ireland with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in the 1970s and 1980s, came up with the idea.

He said: "The mental health needs of military veterans and their families receive significant attention.

"However, there is still an unmet need for a progressive course that can address education and training on issues of military and veteran mental health and social care."

Studies have shown that about one in five veterans develop mental health problems after leaving the services.

The course, which begins in September, will cover a range of issues including the effects of traumatic exposure, adjustment to injury and reintegration into family and civilian life.