Understanding Military Combat Mental Health

June, 2020

This article explores the potential impact of combat on mental health.


By its very nature, combat can have a severe impact on the physical, mental and social health of those exposed. The primary UK long-term cohort study of a sample of UK military personnel and veterans who may have served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown a prevalence of mental health symptoms of 21.9% for common mental disorders, 10% for alcohol misuse and 6.2% for probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Full Reference

Bricknell, M. C., Williamson, V. and Wessely, S., 2020. Understanding military combat mental health. Occupational Health, 70(4), pp. 216-218. doi:

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