Armed Forces charity SSAFA has launched the initiative to help service leavers find employment and overcome mental health stigma in the workplace.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) has started an initiative called ‘Friendly to Forces’ to help service leavers get jobs. It follows recent research by SSAFA which suggests psychological issues are a major concern for nearly half of UK employers.

According to the figures, 46% of recruiters recognise negative perceptions are a significant barrier, with former personnel frequently being unfairly penalised. Meanwhile, 31% say they are reluctant to take on someone who served before.

The campaign calls for more British companies to change their perceptions, sign up and show intent to hire forces leavers.

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(Forces Network News, October 2019)