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A review of United Kingdom Armed Forces’ approaches to prevent post-deployment mental health problems

Fertout, Mohammed, Jones, Norman, Greenberg, Neil, Mulligan, Kathleen, Ng-Knight, Terry and Wessely, Simon (2011) A review of United Kingdom Armed Forces’ approaches to prevent post-deployment mental health problems International Review of Psychiatry, 23 (2). pp. 135-143.

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Abstract

There is now an abundance of research which has demonstrated that military personnel who deploy on operations are at increased risk of suffering a variety of mental health difficulties in the immediate and long-term post-deployment period. One consequence of these research findings has been the development of a variety of programmes which attempt to mitigate the increased psychological risk and to assist personnel who are returning from a deployment to make a smooth transition home. Using a three-tiered prevention model, this article reviews some of the key post-deployment issues facing the UK Armed Forces and highlights the recent interventions which have been put in place to promote successful adjustment in the early post-deployment period. The paper is based upon research identified through a thorough literature search for studies which focused on this area and included a recognized measure of mental health as an outcome. The paper focuses on three main areas; psychological decompression, psycho-education and screening. The current philosophical approaches to post-deployment mental health problems of some of the UK's coalition partners are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Fertout, Mohammed
Jones, Norman
Greenberg, Neil
Mulligan, Kathleen
Ng-Knight, Terryt.ng-knight@surrey.ac.uk
Wessely, Simon
Date : 27 April 2011
DOI : 10.3109/09540261.2010.557770
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 20 Jun 2018 11:01
Last Modified : 20 Jun 2018 11:01
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/847089

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