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The Forgotten Fallen?

An ITV News investigation has uncovered fears that not enough is being done for soldiers and veterans who are suffering from mental illness, as a result of the effects of warfare.

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Government has improved mental health care for soldiers

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.

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