http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-386403/Quarter-British-soldiers-Iraq-suffer-mental-illness.html British Army reservists fighting in Iraq are to get better mental health services following a shock new report. The study, by a team at King's College London, found 25 per cent of part-time soldiers deployed to Iraq suffered common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, compared with only 19 per cent of regulars. Now the Government has said that reservists found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or similar problems will be treated by Ministry of Defence medical services, like their full-time counterparts, instead of relying solely on the NHS. Researchers found no evidence of "Iraq war syndrome", with no sign of the big increase in illness which followed the 1991 Gulf War. More than 10,000 British military personnel who served in the 2003 Iraq war or were deployed on subsequent tours of duty were questioned in the study. The researchers looked for symptoms similar to those reported in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, including PTSD, common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, physical aches and pains, and fatigue. Their health outcomes were compared with those of personnel who had not been to Iraq. As well as mental health problems being more prevalent among reservists, 15 per cent reported physical symptoms compared with 12 per cent of regular soldiers. Rates for PTSD were 6 per cent for part time and 4 per cent for regular soldiers. Professor Mathew Hotopf, who led the research, said: "This is clearly important, because reservists are being used increasingly in Iraq." He thought many reserve soldiers might not be getting adequate support, either at home from families and employers or in Iraq from their regular army colleagues. There were also differences in the way health and welfare services were provided for reservists and regulars, with regular soldiers being looked after by the Ministry of Defence medical services while part timers had to rely on the NHS. What help do the TA get now, if they admit to themselves they perhaps have a Combat Related Mental Health problem, living outside the wire?