The armed forces mental health conference and networking day will offer a wonderful opportunity to explore how the NHS can enhance service delivery in meeting the needs of our armed forces community and ensure their transition from military to civilian life is as seamless as possible. The day will be delivered by Derbyshire Healthcare in partnership with the armed forces and local community charities. International speaker, Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Stewart Hill, will be on hand to share his powerful story as part of the conference.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, there are an estimated 5 million veterans in the UK, and a further 20,000 personnel leave the forces each year. When staff leave the forces, their healthcare transfers from the military to the NHS. Until recently, little was known about these veterans. What is known is that only half of those experiencing mental health problems sought help from the NHS, and those that did were rarely referred to specialist mental health services.
Veterans’ mental health problems may be made worse or caused by post-service factors, such as the difficulty in making the transition to civilian life, marital problems, and loss of family and social support networks. Younger veterans are at high risk of suicide in the first two years after leaving service. Ex-service personnel are also vulnerable to social exclusion and homelessness, both of which are risk factors for mental ill health. Alcohol misuse is also high.
Who should attend?
The day is suitable for all NHS professionals working in the field of mental health, partners organisations and charities working closely with NHS Trusts, governors, the Ministry of Defence, general practitioners (GPs) and students.
Derbyshire Healthcare is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Stewart Hill of B Coy 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, and now a national and international speaker, will share his powerful journey from suffering a traumatic brain injury whilst a commanding officer in Afghanistan to becoming involved in a number of projects such as Walking with the Wounded and the Invictus Choir. You can read more about Stewart’s story at: www.stewarthill.co.uk