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The Impact of Service Life on the Military Child: The Overlooked Casualties of Conflict – Update and Review Report

In 2009 the Royal Navy Royal Marines Children’s Fund (now known as the Naval Children’s Charity) published the Overlooked Casualties of Conflict Report. This ground-breaking document brought together research and expert opinion to highlight the experiences and challenges faced by…

The impact of moral injury on the wellbeing of UK military veterans

Experiences of potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) have been found to negatively impact the mental health of US personnel/veterans, yet little is known about the effect of PMIEs on the mental health of the UK Armed Forces (AF). This cross-sectional…

Arts activity and well-being for visually impaired military veterans: a narrative discussion of current knowledge

Objectives The objective of this study was to offer an overview of literature relating to the topic of arts as activity within the context of military and veteran health and to consider the implications of current knowledge on future research…

Gender differences in barriers to mental healthcare for UK military veterans: a preliminary investigation

While stigma, previous poor experience of mental healthcare and a lack of trust in civilian providers were found to act as barriers to postmilitary support for both men and women, significantly more women reported that their gender had also impacted…

Perceptions and Use of Alcohol and Medical Cannabis among Canadian Military Veterans Living with PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common psychiatric diagnosis among Canadian military veterans, and alcohol and medical cannabis are commonly used by this group to cope with PTSD symptoms. This paper is part of a larger study that examined a…

“Fall Out”: Substance misuse and service leavers: a qualitative investigation into the impact of a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) discharge

The primary aim of the Fall Out project is to learn more about a specific cohort of Early Service Leavers (ESLs) — those dismissed from the Armed Forces as a result of a positive Compulsory Drug Test (CDT). Although the…

“Fall Out”: Substance misuse and service leavers: a qualitative investigation into the impact of a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) discharge. Briefing Report

The primary aim of the Fall Out project is to learn more about a specific cohort of Early Service Leavers (ESLs) — those dismissed from the Armed Forces as a result of a positive Compulsory Drug Test (CDT). Although the…

The impact of parental deployment on the well-being of British Army children in the pre-school year

Until this point, the deployment-related wellbeing of British Army children in the pre-school year (aged 3 – 4 years) has been overlooked in research. This is despite increasing national and international recognition that parental deployment can have a profound impact…

Improving Healthcare Access for Veterans

Key findings of this research are 1) Most NHS services do not proactively identify veterans accessing their services. 2) Where services do identify and record veterans, there is no consistent way of sharing this information with other services. This means…

UK military families with a dependent who has Special Education Needs and/ or Disability (SEND): a forgotten subpopulation?

Military families research has enjoyed a resurgence in the past decade, leading to an improved understanding of the unique stressors associated with military family life. Exposures such as parental separation, frequent family re-location, increased risk of paternal common mental health…