Female veterans and mental health

Female military veterans are struggling to access mental health support due to the stigma around seeking help, new research from Anglia Ruskin University has found.

The University’s research flies in the face of the government’s Overseas Operations Bill and the 6-year longstop it imposes on civil claims.

Despite the MoD’s insistence that it “fully supports veterans” the true picture is that PTSD doesn’t rear its head until long after discharge from service.

At that point, support from the MoD is virtually non-existent. Veterans, especially female veterans, are left in a black hole often relying on service charities. Whilst these charities undertake marvellous work there is still a stigma for veterans having to rely on charities for help.

The Overseas Operations Bill will only compound these issues.

Hilary Meredith