Mental health of young ex-soldiers - request for help

#1
I'd like to make contact with young (ish) EX-services personnel to talk with them and/or their families about any emotional or mental health issues that have affected them either during or since leaving the services - and what kinds of support they have (or have not) been offered.

Even if you have not had problems yourself, I would still be very interested to hear your views on this issue, so if you would like to contribute to this research, please pm me; or if you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass this message on to them or ask them to contact me directly.

The findings of the research will be presented to the funders (the Indigo Trust) and throughout the NHS and services support and welfare community, the intention being to raise awareness of the problems being experienced and highlight areas of good (and less good) practice.

I've attached a project information sheet, which will give you more details, but please pm me if you have any other questions

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Thank you very much for your help.

Dan O'Neill

Senior Research Officer / Teaching Fellow
Department of Health and Human Sciences
University of Essex

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#3
danoneill said:
Prof Gill Green and I from the Department of Health and Human Sciences at Essex University would like to contact young EX-military personnel (ideally 25 years old or less - and it is very important that they are not still serving) with a view to talking to them and/or their families about their experiences. We are particularly interested in learning about any emotional or mental health issues that have affected them either during or since leaving the services, and what kinds of support they have (or have not) been offered.

If you might be interested in contributing to this research, we would be very grateful if you could contact me; alternatively, if you know of anyone else who could be interested, please pass this message on to them.

If you would like to know more, you can download an information sheet here:

Ex-military mental health study information sheet or contact me via this site.

All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Thank you very much for your help.

Dan O'Neill

Senior Research Officer / Teaching Fellow
Department of Health and Human Sciences
University of Essex

This request was okayed by Site Admin prior to posting.


Forgive me if I am wrong but wasn't the last piece of research you did, that involved military personnel, disowned by the U of E management team?

PAW
 
#5
... also suggest that anyone wishing to participate looks HERE

BTW Dan, as I am unable to cut and paste from your document (due to your document security options), would you provide more information on the Indigo Trust, relevant stakeholders and the National or International publications you refer to at the above link?
 
#6
As far as the Indigo Trust is concerned, they seem to be a trust set up by the Sainsburys family to fund various charities and works
 
#8
Hi Sven / Rockape,

I suppose that the list of relevant stakeholders could go on and on - I've been told that there are at least 240 + separate organisations (charitable or otherwise) that might at sometime offer support to ex-service personnel. The main ones (please feel free to correct me!) are probably the Legion, Combat Stress, SSAFA, the Ex-Services Fellowship Communities - and the MoD.

Basically, we would hope to get the message across to anyone we can; as far as participants are concerned, the main thing is that their identities will not be disclosed, and any reports will be written in such a way as to make it impossible for anyone else to identify them.

Hope that answers some of your questions - get back to me if there's anything else.

cheers
Dan
 
#9
Hello PAW,

not sure which research you're talking about - I havent been involved in anything concerning the military (ex- or not) before. If you have any more details, maybe I could throw more light on to that.

cheers
Dan
 
#10
danoneill said:
Hello PAW,

not sure which research you're talking about - I havent been involved in anything concerning the military (ex- or not) before. If you have any more details, maybe I could throw more light on to that.

cheers
Dan
Dan,

Should have been more specific and stated Prof Greene. Ask her.

PAW
 

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#11
Looks like an excellent study and worthwhile. I did a search on 'The Indigo Trust' came up with lots of funding that they had done, but no homepage. Do you have a link for them?
 
#13
thanks - re Indigo, No I'm afraid I coiuldnt find any info on them either; as someone else said, they are part of the Sainsbury Families Community Trusts - but other than that, and knowing that they have funded a variety of projects in the last year or so, they seem to keep a pretty low profile. I'm meeting them next week, so maybe if youre interested I could post more info
 

Nehustan

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#14
Well I am interested in them, I like the fact they don't have a highly visible public profile. I see their offices are just up the road from where I live. Perhaps in a few years I'll try and blag funding for my Doctorate ;)
 
#15
Have you ever done research on these conditions on those who are at present still suffering with the same mental health issues and have been suffering for decades with little or no help at all from governments past and present.
 
#16
Hi Helen - we do have contact with Combat Stress & have been introduced to people by them - but what has quickly become apparent is that there are many out there who have had / are having problems (PTSD or not) who arent known to Combat Stress - so we want to try and talk to some of those people, too.
 
#17
danoneill said:
Prof Gill Green and I from the Department of Health and Human Sciences at Essex University would like to contact young EX-military personnel (ideally 25 years old or less - and it is very important that they are not still serving) with a view to talking to them and/or their families about their experiences. We are particularly interested in learning about any emotional or mental health issues that have affected them either during or since leaving the services, and what kinds of support they have (or have not) been offered.

If you might be interested in contributing to this research, we would be very grateful if you could contact me; alternatively, if you know of anyone else who could be interested, please pass this message on to them.

If you would like to know more, you can download an information sheet here:

Ex-military mental health study information sheet or contact me via this site.

All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Thank you very much for your help.

Dan O'Neill

Senior Research Officer / Teaching Fellow
Department of Health and Human Sciences
University of Essex

This request was okayed by Site Admin prior to posting.



Colchester area I think
 
#18
Hi TartanJock,
I havent personally done work with older vets - I know that work has been done though; I also know of NHS psychologists who have worked with WWII veterans who are still suffering 60 years later.
As far as this current project goes, its not that we're ignoring what is happening with the older vets - but we (the public) are told that in recent years, attitudes and practices are changing in the Services - talking to the younger ex-services personnel is one way of finding out whether these changes are having any effect.
 
#20
Hello Jacques,

no - no forces experience; the nearest I've come to that is via my brother who served for 23 years, and now my nephew - who's just back from Basra.

Do you think people would be more comfortable talking if I did have that kind of experience?
 

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