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The enduring well-being impacts of attending the Battle Back Multi Activity Course for the lives of recovering UK armed forces personnel

Few adventurous training courses have been formally designed to assist military personnel in their recovery and/or transition into civilian life by supporting psychological health and well-being. This study examines, for the first time, the longitudinal effects of a five-day Multi…

Association between combat-related traumatic injury and cardiovascular risk

The association between combat-related traumatic injury (CRTI) and cardiovascular risk is uncertain. This study aimed to investigate the association between CRTI and both metabolic syndrome (MetS) and arterial stiffness. This was a prospective observational cohort study consisting of 579 male…

Commentary – suicide among Scottish military veterans

In September 2021, the UK Government announced that for the first time the numbers of ex-service personnel who take their own lives will be officially recorded, alongside a 10-year look-back to examine veteran deaths through suicide. This followed an agreement…

Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: suicide monitoring 2001 to 2019

This report includes information on suicide deaths among all ADF members who have served at least one day in the ADF since 1 January 1985 and who died by suicide between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2019. In this…

Study protocol for a prospective, longitudinal cohort study investigating the medical and psychosocial outcomes of UK combat casualties from the Afghanistan war: the ADVANCE Study

The Afghanistan war (2003–2014) was a unique period in military medicine. Many service personnel survived injuries of a severity that would have been fatal at any other time in history; the long-term health outcomes of such injuries are unknown. The…

Suicide among Scottish military veterans: follow-up and trends

Up to 37 years of follow-up, 388 (0.5%) veterans and 1531 (0.6%) non-veterans died from suicide. The risk of suicide among veterans did not differ from non-veterans overall. Increased risk among early service leavers was explained by differences in deprivation,…

Dementia in military and veteran populations: a review of risk factors—traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, deployment, and sleep

The military population face a unique set of risk factors that may increase the risk of being diagnosed with dementia. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a higher prevalence in this group in comparison to the…

War Widows Knock on the Door: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of Bereaved Military Families

This report is about the experiences of bereaved military families in the UK and the impact of their loss. For a member of the Armed Forces there is an increased risk of being exposed to serious and unsafe situations that…

The United Kingdom Armed Forces Veterans’ Health and Gambling Study

International evidence shows that military veterans (i.e., regulars and reserves who have served for at least one day) are at increased risk of gambling-related harm. As well as the individual concerned, these harms impact one’s family, social relationships, finances, health,…

Creative Forces programming with military families: Art therapy, dance/movement therapy, and music therapy brief vignettes

Creative arts therapists (art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists) administer assessments and interventions that support the holistic well-being of military families affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Through participation in the Creative Forces: United…