Most military personnel do not experience mental health problems while they are in service, or afterwards in civilian life.
However they face unique risks in service and, if they do experience mental health problems, they may require particular treatments and particular mental health services.
The mental health problems experienced by military personnel are the same as the general population, although experiences during service and the transition to civilian life mean that their mental ill health may be triggered by different factors. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and substance abuse affect a significant minority of service personnel and veterans.
Information taken from Mental Health Foundation.
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