A new approach in offering treatment to former Service personnel with mental health conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) launched today, Thursday 6th September, has revealed positive results.

A year-long tele-therapy pilot study, funded by The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and undertaken by Combat Stress, has shown it to be an accessible, flexible and cost-effective approach to delivering trauma-focused therapies. Tele-therapy provides therapy through a live video connection, over the internet such as Skype.

The purpose was to trial an alternative type of therapy to overcome issues that prevent veterans from seeking help. Despite there being a higher prevalence of mental health difficulties among former service personnel compared to the general population, research of UK veterans has suggested that only 30-50% of those with mental health issues access services for support. A number of reasons have been suggested for this, including issues related to stigma, practical issues around not being able to access services due to time constraints, and not knowing where to turn for support. (FiMT News, 6th September 2018)

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