In May 2010 the Government commissioned and actioned the recommendations of 'Fighting Fit' a report that investigated the mental health care provision for soldiers and veterans in the UK. Changes have been made as a result, but critics argue more must be done.
The report recommended:
- Incorporation of a structured mental health systems enquiry into existing medical examinations performed whilst serving.
- An uplift in the number of mental health professionals conducting veterans outreach work from Mental Health Trusts in partnership with a leading mental health charity.
- A Veterans Information Service (VIS) to be deployed 12 months after a person leaves the Armed Forces.
- Trial of an online early intervention service for serving personnel and veterans.