Do serving and ex-serving personnel of the UK armed forces seek help for perceived stress, emotional or mental health problems?

Stevelink, SAM and Jones, N and Jones, M and Dyball, D and Khera, CK and Pernet, D and MacCrimmon, S and Murphy, D and Hull, L and Greenberg, N and MacManus, D and Goodwin, L and Sharp, ML and Fear, NT (2019) Do serving and ex-serving personnel of the UK armed forces seek help for perceived stress, emotional or mental health problems? European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10 (1). ISSN 2000-8198

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Abstract

Background: UK armed forces personnel are at risk of occupational psychological injury; they are often reluctant to seek help for such problems. Objective: We aimed to examine and describe sources of support, prevalence and associates of help-seeking among UK serving and ex-serving personnel. Method: A total of 1450 participants who self-reported a stress, emotional or mental health problem in the past 3 years were sampled from a health and wellbeing study and subsequently completed a telephone interview comprising measures of mental disorder symptoms, alcohol misuse and help-seeking behaviour. Results: Seven per cent of participants had not sought any help, 55% had accessed medical sources of support (general practitioner or mental health specialist), 46% had received formal non-medical (welfare) support and 86% had used informal support. Gender, age, perceived health, functional impairment, social support, deployment, alcohol and comorbidity impacted upon the choice of help source. Conclusions: This study found that the majority of those with perceived mental health problems sought some form of help, with over half using formal medical sources of support.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
European Journal of Psychotraumatology
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169107
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Deposited On:
26 Apr 2022 13:15
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Yes
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Published
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26 Apr 2022 13:15