New figures released by the Ministry of Defence reveal that 2,877 members of the Armed Forces were diagnosed with mental health disorders last year.
The MoD's mental health report also revealed:
- There were 968 new cases diagnosed between October and December 2011.
- Rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were significantly higher among those who had been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq.
- The MoD says PTSD remains a rare condition affecting 0.3 out of 1,000 service personnel.
- But King's College has put the figure far higher at 4% based on their research that measures cases based on surveys as opposed to the MoD’s method of only registering cases that come forward.
- Five per 1,000 diagnosed with a mental disorder in the last quarter of 2011.
- The Army and the RAF were found to have a higher rate than the Navy and Marines.
- Rates of mental disorders were higher in females than males.
The MoD has told ITV News that mental health care is a top priority.